Nobu, the glitzy sushi restaurant that’s a celeb magnet in LA, is at closing opening its Chicago scheme. Delayed for six years — with several projected opening dates rescheduled in between — the restaurant will now debut right through an outbreak. The gap takes location Thursday within the Nobu Hotel in West Loop. Nobu’s team bought rolling when it opened its rooftop bar in July with the comfort of the resort.
Actor Robert De Niro is an investor in the chain. He visited Chicago in 2016 on a sweaty summer day to wreck ground on the resort with then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel. However work stalled for diverse causes.
The chain debuted in 1994 in New York after De Niro took a liking to chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s cuisine. A Malibu, California scheme has become well-liked for Hollywood superstar observing. Now there’s larger than 40 internationally. However, because the Tribune — which first reported the gap date — parts out, right here is Nobu’s first outlet in the Midwest.
Matsuhisa tells the Tribune that diners shouldn’t query fresh dishes. Meat enthusiasts will ranking to feast on a group of Japanese A5 Wagyu. Of us into that kind of admire and marbled pink meat would possibly presumably be shining to poke about a blocks west to Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ to match costs and quality.
Nobu triggered Studio Good adequate’s Karen Herold, a accepted among Chicago restaurant designers, to work on the restaurant. Accomplish highlights encompass a stone sushi bar below the mezzanine, a lounge, and two deepest eating rooms.
A 100-seat patio received’t commence unless subsequent year, fixed with a recordsdata free up. Earlier renderings showed colossal home windows opened to the sidewalk to broaden air circulate. That’s a crucial part in safe eating. Well being consultants remain lukewarm at perfect about indoor eating right during the pandemic. Matsuhisa tells the Tribune that they’re taking the threat seriously. The restaurant’s web shriek lists the precautions team will contain, It’s the same position of pointers that became integrated when the rooftop bar commence over the summer.
When Nobu introduced its plans for Chicago, town’s eating panorama became great different. There became a void for upscale Japanese eating areas. That’s now not as colossal of a subject anymore as Michelin bestowed honors to eating areas love Mako, Yugen, Omakase Yume, and Kiko in 2020. Gaijin and Kyoten moreover effect that town’s alternatives have grown.
However none of these eating areas have De Niro as a backer. Nobu has generated a different buzz since De Niro and firm introduced the Chicago scheme in 2014. The wait is at closing over on Thursday. Reservations will be readily accessible through OpenTable.