Global restaurant brand Nobu will close down its first London outpost, found on Mayfair's Berkeley Street, 15 years after opening its doors.
Nobu Berkeley Street is one of three locations for the brand in the capital, alongside Nobu London at the COMO Metropolitan London and Nobu Shoreditch. The soon-to-close Berkeley Street branch gained its first Michelin star in 2006, an accolade it managed to keep hold of for several years, before losing the rating in 2014. This site will now close permanently on 23 March, before relocating to a new Nobu hotel in Portman Square this summer.
Nobu Hospitality is the name of the lifestyle brand created by chef Nobu Matsuhisa, business partner Meir Teper and legendary Hollywood actor Robert de Niro, known for films such as Taxi Driver, Goodfella’s and The Godfather.
A spokesperson for the group said: "This is an exciting venture for the global brand, and we are delighted to be taking our fantastic Berkeley St team with us on the next phase of the Nobu journey as we open in Marylebone. Our team operates as a family and we have every confidence that they will each play an integral role in marking this milestone for Nobu in London."
The spokesperson also confirmed that all current kitchen and front-of-house staff have been offered the opportunity to relocate, and have also been offered interim roles at alternative venues before the opening of Portman Square.
The Nobu brand is among of the most instantly recognisable in the world. The restaurant is often featured on the Instagram feeds of celebrities, with reality TV royalty the Kardashian family regularly photographed dining at the outpost in Malibu, while famous Canadian rapper Drake has even shouted out the restaurant in his hit song 'Jump man'.
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