Versatile actor Robert De Niro has been a vocal opponent of President Donald Trump since he took office, but is now escalating his feud further to call for a total boycott of Trump at any Nobu restaurant worldwide.
The sentiment has been making waves across entertainment media since The Daily Mail published an interview with De Niro that contained the following line:
When asked who his dream dinner guest would be, Robert insisted he would never let Trump into any of the Nobu restaurants.
De Niro himself later added a personal walk-out policy to any room he found himself in with Trump. He said:
I don’t care what he likes. If he walked into a restaurant I was in - I’d walk out.
The ban, it seems, extends to Nobu’s entire portfolio, which spans not only more than three dozen restaurants, but also a growing hotel and hospitality brand started in 2009. De Niro and world-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa have been business partners since 1994, operating — among others — Nobu locations in Los Angeles and Malibu. Chef Matsuhisa also oversees his original namesake restaurant on La Cienega, which remains a sushi staple to this day.