Ward Village®, an urban master planned community under development by The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE:HHC), announced plans to welcome world renowned restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa to the neighborhood. In late 2016, Nobu will move from Waikiki to a dramatic new space at the base of Waiea, Ward Village’s first residential building that will be a transformational addition to the Honolulu skyline and provide a glimpse into the future of Ward Village.
“At Ward Village, we are curating an unmatched mix of design, retail and food experiences with Nobu serving as a culinary anchor for our community,” said David R. Weinreb, Chief Executive Officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation. “Nobu’s decision to move from Waikiki to Ward Village is significant as it moves us closer to our long term goal of becoming the new center of Honolulu.”
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is a pioneer in Japanese cuisine, and Nobu Honolulu will join his impressive 32-restaurant roster. The restaurant will consist of approximately 8,000 square feet of beautifully detailed indoor space and 2,000 square feet of outdoor space set in a garden-like atmosphere. Nobu’s current location at The Waikiki Parc Hotel will be closing in late 2016 as the hotel undergoes major renovations.
“Ward Village is creating a new community in the heart of Honolulu that is unlike anything that exists in Hawaii,” said Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. “The combination of world class architecture, a walkable neighborhood and an authentic district of high quality shops, restaurants and entertainment offerings makes Ward Village a unique destination and the place to be in Honolulu.”
Nobu Honolulu will join an array of new restaurants and stores coming to Ward Village, including Merriman’s and Whole Foods Market, while offering its spin on contemporary Japanese cuisine with locally sourced fish and produce. The chefs will also showcase Nobu’s signature dishes such as Yellowtail Jalapeno, New Style Sashimi and Black Cod Miso.
The dynamic retail experiences at Ward Village will be complemented by an extraordinary collection of residences designed by some of the world’s most distinguished architects. Nobu’s future home, Waiea, was designed by highly regarded Vancouver based architect James K.M. Cheng. The building’s sweeping glass façade is quickly becoming a new icon on the Honolulu skyline and promises to be the ultimate environment for residents and Nobu patrons. Since commencing public sales in February 2014, Waiea’s 174 residences are approximately 90% pre-sold, with the first move-ins scheduled for late 2016.