After almost a year of talk, Nobu Hotel, the miniature hotel chain backed by Robert De Niro and Japanese celebrity chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa is finally making tangible progress toward building a location in downtown Chicago.
A company called 854 West Randolph, LLC, has filed paperwork with the city asking for permission to build an eight-story Nobu Hotel with 93 guest rooms and a 10,000 square-foot restaurant on a vacant lot at the northeast corner of West Randolph Street and North Peoria Street in West Town’s Restaurant Row district.
Chicago Architecture Blog reporter Bill Motchan was at the public meeting for the Nobu Hotel seven months ago, and says the neighborhood is fairly receptive to the plan.
Nobu currently has two other hotels, one in Manila that opened last month and one in Las Vegas that opened two years ago. The Nobu Las Vegas recently made news because it is located on the Caesars Palace campus and Caesars recently filed for bankruptcy. TMZ cites court documents stating that Caesars owes Nobu Hospitality $460,000.
Nobu also makes waves in environmental circles for serving an endangered species to its guests. According to Wikipedia, instead of taking blue fin tuna off its menu, it just added a warning. Considering how often and accurately Wikipedia is updated, it’s anyone’s guess if you’ll be able to sample that endangered tuna at the Chicago hotel’s planned huge restaurant.
And now, the rest of the story:
- Address: 848 West Randolph Street
- Developer: 854 West Randolph, LLC
- Architecture firm: Booth Hansen
- Maximum height: 111 feet
- Floors: eight (seven floors plus mechanical penthouse)
- Project size: 12,177 square feet
- Hotel rooms: 93
- Loading docks: one
- Parking: none
- Width: 122 feet
- Depth: 121 feet
- Green roof alert! 5,780 square feet