There’s no stopping the Nobu empire: Nobu Hospitality, the hotel and restaurant group run by chef Nobu Matsuhisa, film producer Meir Teper, and The Intern star Robert De Niro, will open a Nobu hotel and restaurant in Barcelona, Market Insider reports. Barcelona will be the 13th Nobu hotel and joins more than 30 locations of chef Matsuhisa’s Japanese fusion chain.
In Barcelona, Nobu will take over Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya, a four-star hotel currently owned by Spanish real estate and hotel group Selenta. A rooftop Nobu restaurant will perch atop 23 floors of hotel rooms, promising 360-degree views of the city below. Nobu and Selenta will share management of the property when it opens at the end of 2018 after a multi-million Euro renovation.
Nobu has focused its expansion efforts on Europe of late. Nobu Barcelona is the fourth Nobu hotel to open in on that continent — just last month Nobu opened the Nobu Shoreditch hotel and restaurant in London.
Spain is a particularly popular destination for the high-end restaurant and its accompanying luxury hotels: the Nobu Marbella restaurant opened in May (a hotel will follow in Spring 2018), and the Nobu Ibiza restaurant and hotel opened in June.
But, Nobu is also continuing to blanket the U.S. in its brand of celebrity-approved chain sushi restaurants. Nobu Palo Alto opened this summer, Nobu D.C. debuts today, and a Nobu Houston is planned for later this year. Barcelona is just the latest stop — likely not the last — on Nobu’s global expansion tear.