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Nobu to open first Arizona restaurant at Scottsdale Fashion Square mall

Posted: 7:06 AM, Oct 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-11 13:06:43Z

Nobu, the high-end international Japanese restaurant has confirmed its plans to open a restaurant in Arizona -- its first in the state.

The restaurant, known as Nobu Scottsdale, will be part of Scottsdale Fashion Square mall's "luxury wing"  which is anchored by Neiman Marcus, Macerich, the company that manages Fashion Square, and other malls across the country, announced Wednesday.

“Scottsdale is such a beautiful area, and Fashion Square is in the center of it all,” said Chef Nobu Matsuhisa in a prepared statement. “We look forward to bringing guests the Nobu signatures they have come to love, along with some very special dishes that will only be available at Nobu Scottsdale.”

An opening date was not announced nor were details on what the restaurant would look like.

Nobu was founded by chef Nobu Matsuhisa, actor Robert De Niro and Meir Teper. The empire has expanded to 39 restaurants worldwide, plus hotels.

The Scottsdale mall began a multi-million dollar renovation in 2017. Phase one focuses on the "luxury wing" near Neiman Marcus with a new entrance, more outdoor restaurants and stores, and two-story storefronts inside the mall.

Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

Toca Madera, a Hollywood-based Mexican restaurant, and Ocean 44, the seafood sister concept to Steak 44, have both confirmed plans to open restaurants at the mall.

The mall has also welcomed new retail stores: Untuckit, Morphe, Trina Turk, and three Swiss watch stores.

In the former Barney's department store space off Scottsdale Road, Apple opened a split-level store. Industrious, a co-working space with rentable conference rooms, offices and desks, has plans to open there as well.