Connect Corporate met up with actor Robert De Niro and Japanese celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa at the groundbreaking of their latest hotel project, Nobu Chicago, planned to open in 2017. Developers say the hotel is planned to be 11 stories with about 100 rooms in Chicago’s trendy West Loop neighborhood. No word on whether the new build will have meeting space, but event planners can look forward to a shiny, new 10,000-sq.-ft. Nobu restaurant with a rooftop terrace. Currently, the Nobu Hospitality brand has hotels in Miami Beach and Las Vegas, with several more properties planned around the world in the next few years.
Between media appearances and business meetings in Chicago, De Niro and Matsuhisa didn’t have much time to spare, but we got to ask them one burning question: What made an actor and a chef want to get into the hotel business? Watch our exclusive video to find out why.