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Restaurant giant Nobu coming to Vail

Celebrity Japanese chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa gestures during an interview at his new restaurant Nobu, at a press availability in Hong Kong Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007. Matsuhisa said Wednesday his fellow investor in the upscale restaurant chain Nobu, American actor Robert De Niro, is a hands-off partner who focuses on acting and doesn't make menu suggestions. The official opening ceremony of the Hong Kong branch of Nobu will be in February.  (AP Photo/Lo Sai-hung)

Celebrity Japanese chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa gestures during an interview at his new restaurant Nobu, at a press availability in Hong Kong Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007. Matsuhisa said Wednesday his fellow investor in the upscale restaurant chain Nobu, American actor Robert De Niro, is a hands-off partner who focuses on acting and doesn't make menu suggestions. The official opening ceremony of the Hong Kong branch of Nobu will be in February. (AP Photo/Lo Sai-hung)

VAIL, Colorado – While Nobuyuki Matsuhisa has dozens of his namesake Nobu restaurants around the world, his Matsuhisa restaurants can be found in just three cities – Aspen, Beverly Hills and Mykonos, Greece.

Now Vail will be added to that short list of exclusive restaurants – a sign in the window at Solaris shows Matsuhisa Vail LLC is applying for its Vail restaurant and liquor license and has a hearing scheduled for May 11, confirming rumors that have been circulating around town for months that the celebrity chef could soon open a restaurant in Vail.

Matsuhisa first arrived in the United States in 1987, when he opened his Los Angeles namesake restaurant Matsuhisa.

Zagat, the renowned restaurant review survey, calls Matsuhisa’s Los Angeles restaurant one of the most highly rated restaurants in the entire city. It’s where celebrities dine not just because they want to be seen there, but because the food is that good.

The Beverly Hills restaurant is tiny, and there’s always a long wait to get in, if you get in at all.

Matsuhisa, who moved to California from Peru, combines the South American country’s cuisine with Japanese cuisine. His Vail restaurant will take up the central restaurant space at Solaris, overlooking the public plaza with views of Vail Mountain.

Solaris developer Peter Knobel said Matsuhisa is scheduled to open this summer.

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com.

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