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What’s Nobu Matsuhisa Doing With a Fancy Melrose Address Across From Mozza?

A curious development emerges

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

A bit of interesting paperwork is up across the street from Mozza on Melrose, and it bears the name of someone very special: Nobu Matsuhisa. What that could mean at the moment, though, is still anyone’s guess.

The ABC paperwork currently up on the ground floor at 6623 Melrose, just off Highland, shows an application for a Type 47 restaurant license to serve alcohol. Though there’s no "doing business as" name listed, the Umeda Restaurant LLC name does point down the line to Nobu himself, which could possibly mean some very big things for that stretch of Melrose.

Nobu of course is a worldwide brand, with high-end Japanese restaurants everywhere from Malibu to New York to London to Dubai, along with his signature Los Angeles location on La Cienega. Though it’s not certain that this Melrose address will ultimately become a Nobu proper, having the name attached already means a lot.

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As for the physical space, there’s still a lot of construction going on — and has been for years. The upcoming restaurant site sits across the street from both the entire Mozza complex and the now-shuttered Hatfield’s, and has been getting a major facelift since basically 2014.

Got more news on what’s officially coming to this stretch of Melrose? You can always hit the tip line anonymously. As for Nobu themselves, Eater has reached out multiple times, but nobody’s talking.