The first Nobu restaurant was opened in 1994 in New York by the Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa and the famous Hollywood actor Robert Deniro. The success of the New York venue started the expansion of the Nobu restaurants to the capitals around the world including London, Tokyo, Miami, Los Angeles and many others. Today there are 25 Nobu restaurants operating in 25 cities.
Nobu entered the Moscow dining scene in 2009. Nobu Moscow was opened in cooperation with the Crocus Group owned by the Agalarov family that specializes in the retail and real estate development business.
Nobu Moscow is located in the historic part of the city in the building that actually belongs to the Crocus Group. It is known that the Novikov Group made some attempts to become the local partner of Nobu, but the Crocus Group became the final selection for the chain’s owners. Nobu is not the only fine dining Japanese restaurant in Moscow. There is Sumosan that was the first high class Japanese restaurant to open in Moscow. There is also its less expensive extension called Buba by Sumosan. And finally there is a restaurant called Seiji that is similar to Nobu in terms of quality and pricing.