November 28, 2021

Sauce Magazine – Japanese restaurant Nobu’s has closed in University City and will reopen in the Delmar Loop later this year

Japanese restaurant Nobu’s has closed in University City and will reopen in the Delmar Loop later this year

One of the oldest sushi restaurants in Saint-Louis will be relocating in a few months. Nobu’s Japanese Restaurant, located at 8643 Olive Blvd. in University City from 1990 to June, will soon be residing at 6253 Delmar Blvd. in the Loop in the same building as United Provisions.

The new spot should open at the end of 2021 and will offer a more targeted menu. “We were a restaurant that used all of this protein, and it’s a lot of things to manage and specialize, so we stick to seafood,” said George Schinichi Kidera, co-owner, chef and operator of Nobu. “We used to be a family restaurant with comfort food, but now our focus is on sushi, especially sashimi and nigiri.”

A selection of seafood-focused à la carte dishes will also be available when it reopens. On the drink side, they plan to offer cocktails, spirits, beer, wine and a selection of sakes.

The restaurant is also getting a makeover. Assisted by interior designer Sasha Malinich, Nobu’s will have a warm and welcoming atmosphere, which Kidera describes as “tasteful and relaxed”. The space is smaller at 964 square feet, and Kidera and Malinich are trying to be efficient and make the most of the space.

Malinich’s talents have already been showcased at St. Louis restaurants such as Edera Italian Eatery, Winslow’s Table and the now closed Sardella. Malinich is hugely inspired by travel and incorporates international design into his work. “The design direction is modern Japanese, lighter woods, earthy tones, warm lighting,” Kidera said. “For our family, being Japanese, Sasha really wants to stress that when you come to the restaurant you have the feeling of being in a unique atmosphere which will truly convey the feeling of being in Japan.”

A family-run “store and pop store”, Nobu’s loves serving the St. Louis area, according to Kidera. “We have kept our doors open, we have not closed, every possible day, we have kept our doors open throughout the pandemic,” he said. “We have come through this and are very happy that things are on the way to recovery.”

The restaurant’s initial focus will be primarily on on-site dining rather than take-out and delivery during its reopening period, but that may change later depending on demand in the new location. Nobu’s will be open weekdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will probably be closed on Mondays and possibly also on Sundays.

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