SBE to open fourth Katsuya restaurant at L.A. LIVE

by laliveinsider on Fri., Jun 19 at 12:00 AM

June 19, 2009

Celebrated partners Katsuya Uechi, Philippe Stark and Sam Nazarian join forces to bring the celebrated Katsuya brand to downtown Los Angeles' one-of-a-kind entertainment campus

Los Angeles, CA (June 2009) Following on the heels of successful Katsuya openings in Hollywood, Brentwood and Glendale, SBE will open a new Katsuya at L.A. LIVE, a new four million square foot mixed-use development located adjacent to STAPLES Center and Nokia Theatre. Opening on June 29, 2009, the newest iteration of the Katsuya brand will again pair the talents of Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi, world-renowned designer Philippe Stark and celebrated businessman Sam Nazarian to create a unique sensory dining experience.

\"L.A. LIVE is rapidly becoming a leading entertainment destination in Los Angeles, and is an ideal location for Katusya,\" says SBE CEO and Founder Sam Nazarian. \"We're thrilled to be working with AEG and Tim Leiweke, and are excited that Katsuya is going to be located at the heart of their extraordinary new development.\"

\"From the moment we began the development of L.A. LIVE, we were convinced that we had to find a way to bring Katsuya to the district,\" said Tim Leiweke, President & CEO, AEG. \"We are fans of Philippe Stark and good friends with Sam and his partners at SBE. We admire their unique décor, their brilliant food preparations and most of all, their incredible food.\"

\"Katsuya is the perfect complement to the other world-class restaurants like Flemings, Rock-N-Fish and the Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill that are part of our campus,\" Leiweke added. \"In particular, we expect Katsuya to be a tremendous hit with our downtown neighbors, tourists and conventioneers who will be frequenting the hotel and district. We truly look forward to Katsuya joining L.A. LIVE.\"

Centrally located on L.A. LIVE's Nokia Plaza, Katsuya L.A. LIVE will feature Stark's distinctive designs infused with elements that cater to L.A. LIVE's location and offerings. With L.A. LIVE's concentration on sports and entertainment, the restaurant will feature flat screen TVs ensuring guests can view a variety of sporting and entertainment events. While remaining true to the style, design and menu of the Katsuya brand, the newest location will offer a more relaxed, approachable environment reflecting the L.A. LIVE destination.

The new Katsuya L.A. LIVE was designed as a 7,500 square foot homage to the traditional bento box honoring ancient tradition and the craftsmanship of the chef. At the restaurant's heart is a large, rectangular, noren-crowned Sushi Bar, where sushi chefs will be creating masterpieces using the freshest and most interesting ingredients, including custom rolls and spectacular sushi and sashimi platters. Katsuya L.A. LIVE will feature two private rooms, a private lounge, an outdoor dining patio and a 33 foot long liquid kitchen/bar serving unique specialty cocktails such as the award-winning Burning Mandarin, Katsuya Fresh and Honey Basil Sling all carefully crafted using the freshest ingredients and juice. The entrance is demarcated by two boulders with traditional Kanji symbols while a prominent glass façade featuring oversized images of the eyes and lips of the Katusya geisha infuses the area with a sensual quality. Dark wood floors, back-lit walls and an assortment of seating including banquets, couches and intimate booths, further enhance the lounge-like environment.

Chef Uechi, an Angeleno Magazine \"Chef of the Year,\" has completely revolutionized the Japanese culinary experience for Los Angeles diners. Chef Uechi will create a unique menu for Katsuya L.A. LIVE tailored to its distinct location while also including his signature classics, including Albacore Sashimi with Crispy Onion, Baked Crab Roll and Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice. For large and small scale off-site events or a fix at home, catering and take-out are both readily available.

Leveraging the success of STAPLES Center, L.A. LIVE expands the entertainment content in downtown Los Angeles' South Park district with complementing venues, fully functioning broadcast studios, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, bowling lanes, live music clubs and the innovative GRAMMY Museum. L.A. LIVE is host to the GRAMMYs, EMMYs, American Music Awards, ESPYs, American Idol Finals, concerts starring today's most popular recording artists and will soon be home to The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Los Angeles, the JW Marriott Hotel, and The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE.

Located within L.A. LIVE at 800 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015, Katsuya L.A. LIVE will be open beginning June 15th, 2009. Reservations can be made by calling 213-747-9797 or online at

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