Nobu opening a restaurant and hotel in Toronto
Nobu opening a restaurant and hotel in Toronto

Nobu, one of the most-recognized Japanese restaurant chains, is coming to Toronto.

Co-founded by celebrity chef Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa with help of Hollywood heavyweight Robert de Niro, Nobu is going to launch its brand with a restaurant, condominiums and hotel in Toronto.

Proposed to have two towers of 49 stories built, offering approximately 884 units and an extensive retail space, the developer has proposed a mixed-use building in the exciting and always vibrant entertainment district of Toronto.

Robert de Niro's Nobu brand to enter Toronto
Robert de Niro’s Nobu brand to enter Toronto

There will be a planned 9-story base which will include the fronts of the designated heritage buildings located at 15-33 Mercer Street keeping the “interior of the lobby of the Pilkington Glass building at 31 Mercer Street.”

If everything goes as planned, construction for Nobu Toronto is slated to begin in 2018. Toronto will also be the first city to have a restaurant integrated with Nobu-branded high-rise residences and a hotel.

The very first Nobu restaurant opened in the Tribeca district of New York City in the early 1990s, and the brand has since expanded into a dozen of other cities including Dubai, London, Melbourne, Mexico City, Moscow and Tokyo. Its hospitality brand has also entered markets such as Las Vegas, Manila and Miami.