The $250 million Galleria expansion continues to hike the culinary standards for Houston higher and higher. Nobu, the fusion-sushi lovers paradise, will be taking over a space formerly occupied by Saks Fifth Avenue as The Galleria transforms it to a row of 30 retail shops and restaurants.
"We are happy to confirm that (Nobu Restaurants) will open Nobu Houston at the Galleria in late 2017. We have no further comment at this time," a restaurant representative emailed CultureMap.
The celebrity hotspot joins burger favorite Shake Shack and an outpost of the London Michelen-starred dim sum spot Yautacha, both expected to open later this year. The Galleria has basically embraced and reflected Houston's rich cultural diversity, what with South African restaurant Peli Peli, E-Tao Asian Eatery, and now Peruvian-Japanese fusion in Nobu.
Originating in Beverly Hills with several popular New York City locations, the Robert DeNiro-backed restaurant has been popping up in fun places all over the world, and includes a line of luxury Nobu Hotels as well — we swoon to imagine the room service. Since developer Simon's expansion plans include a 220-room luxury hotel slated to go up adjacent to The Galleria, one can only speculate about the possibility of ... well, we won't say it here.
This marks Texas's second Nobu location after Dallas, which has been open since 2005. Houston will join the likes of London, Montenegro and Malibu, which leaves us wondering when we'll get an influx of retired celebrities and newly rich Europeans on holiday. Any day now, we suspect.
So hold on until the Houston opening, and Irishimase to our city's new restaurateurs.