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Nobu’s opened its new location at 6253 Delmar Blvd. on the Loop in late October, more than a year after closing its previous restaurant in University City. The reimagined Nobu’s offers multicourse omakase meals, with the emphasis on sushi and sashimi.

Nobu’s former location at 8643 Olive Blvd. was one of many businesses that were forced to close to make way for the recently opened Costco in University City. Following the restaurant’s closure in July 2021, the Kidera family secured the new location on the Loop, a former Subway which had to be gutted before construction could begin.

Interior designer Alexander (Sasha for short) Malinich has created an impressive dining room out of the 964-square-foot space. The six-seat sushi bar combines light wood with a marble-like quartzite countertop. Those natural wood tones dominate the space, from the paneling on the ceiling and around the kitchen to the tables and chairs. The paneling and tables were created by David Stine Furniture, while the chairs came from Chicago firm Design Within Reach. There are also wood features courtesy of Lancia Brothers Woodworking, glassware by Sam Stang and Kaeko Maehata of Augusta Glass Studio, and walls finished by Beth Warnecke of Classic Creations Painting. The space can seat 18 diners, with only three tables in addition to the sushi bar.

A selection of tsukidashi appetizers at Nobu’s in the Loop. // photo by Michelle Volansky

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