The saga of Nobu’s long-awaited Chicago location continues with the news that after more than five years, there’s finally an opening date: the famed Japanese restaurant and hotel brand backed by Robert De Niro will hold a grand opening in October, according to the website. The 12,000 square-foot site is located at 854 W. Randolph Street.
New renderings of the 10,000 square-foot restaurant and lounge space are also available. The hotel will house the signature Nobu “new-style” Japanese restaurant, a sushi room beneath the mezzanine level of the restaurant that will include a stone sushi bar, and a rooftop lounge with indoor and outdoor seating where diners can eat sushi near an indoor fireplace.
Renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s menu will include some of his best known dishes such as miso black cod, rock shrimp tempura, and yellowtail sashimi with jalapeños. A complete menu is not yet available and representatives have not returned requests for more information, so stay tuned for updates.
News of Nobu’s Chicago expansion first hit in 2013, and De Niro and Matsuhisa attended a ceremonial groundbreaking in 2016. Construction came to a halt in 2017 and resumed last spring.
The restaurants, which debuted in New York in 1993, are known for attracting celebrity clientele and those wishing to see and be seen. There are currently 45 Nobu restaurants operating around the world.