Nobu, Ellison planning Malibu hotel

Sushi master Nobu Matsuhisa on a roll at Cal Spirit XX. Photo by Lee Salem, Lee Salem Photography

Another Nobu-Ellison collaboration is coming to Malibu, this time in the form of a hotel, magazine Haute Living reported last week.

Renowned chef and restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa and Oracle software billionaire Larry Ellison are in the process of developing a hotel next to Nobu Malibu, the upscale sushi restaurant in Carbon Beach, Matsuhisa told Haute Living.

Matsuhisa, the namesake and founder of the upscale Nobu restaurant chain, said Ellison wants to open a “Japanese concept hotel.” He said Ellison already has a design and that construction could begin as early as September, although it is unclear which neighboring property the hotel will occupy. 

Matsuhisa is no stranger to opening luxury hotels. He’s already opened one in Las Vegas’ Caesar’s Palace with longtime friend and business partner Robert De Niro. They’re now discussing opening additional locations in London, Riyadh and Bahrain, according to Haute Living.

Ellison and Matsuhisa moved Nobu Malibu from Cross Creek Road to an Ellison-owned Carbon Beach property last summer. It had previously been at Cross Creek Road for 12 years.

Ellison is believed to own the neighboring Casa Malibu Inn motel. The Malibu Times reported in March that an application had been filed with the Malibu Planning Commission to remodel three buildings, upgrade the wastewater treatment system and repair existing foundation.

Ellison also owns neighboring restaurant Nikita, a Mediterranean-Italian restaurant that opened last month following much mystery and speculation about its ownership and namesake.