At first glance, we nearly peed our pants. The sign plastered on the front door of the former Walk-in Burgers, which shuttered in late April in Edgewater, announced that Nobu -- NOBU! -- was applying for a liquor license, which, if true, would have meant that Nobu Matsuhisa, the genius behind his namesake New York restaurant (his family also owns Matsuhisa in Aspen) had lost his fucking mind, because, while Edgewater is a fine town, it's not exactly Tribeca or Aspen, or Milan, Tokyo or London -- all cities where there are Nobu outposts -- and call it a hunch, but something tells me that Matsuhisa doesn't open restaurants in strip malls.
Of course he doesn't, but Shi Bing Ke apparently is -- and not only is he (or she) using the Nobu name, but he (or she) also intends to serve sushi and oyters, which, as you already know, are the guts of the (real) Nobu menu.
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Whether Ke actually gets away with opening the restaurant as Nobu Sushi & Oyster Bar is unclear (who wants to place bets?), but what is certain is that ke has a date with the Edgewater liquor-license board at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 7.
Wonder if he (she) will sake it to them?