sbe has announced its subsidiary Disruptive Group opened its 13th Katsuya restaurant this week. Katsuya Dubai Mall is the sixth Katsuya outpost to open in the Middle East in partnership with international franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co.
Sam Nazarian, founder and CEO of sbe, states: “The Middle East is a key market for us and we’re proud to work with our incredible partners to continue our expansion in the Middle East. In addition to existing locations in Kuwait, Dubai, Manama and Doha, there are 4 more Katsuya restaurants in our Middle East pipeline set to open over the next few years. Disruptive Group is continuing its rapid global growth by transforming Katsuya’s award-winning cuisine and iconic design into an international empire.”
This new Katsuya property comes at the same time as Disruptive Group announces plans to open more than 60 Katsuya and Umami Burger properties in Mexico, Qatar, and the UAE in the coming years, and looks to secure franchise agreements with qualified multi-unit operators in major metropolitan areas around the world. Additionally, the 14th Katsuya will open doors this summer at the highly anticipated SLS LUX Brickell in Miami featuring designs by iconic design duo Yabu Pushelberg – a first for the brand.
Katsuya Dubai Mall seats over 200 people, with 534 square meters of interior space and a 200 square meter exterior patio, providing guests with a unique setting to experience Master Chef Katsuya Uechi’s fresh, modern take on Japanese classics mixed with design icon Philippe Starck’s sleek and sultry interiors. Aligned with the design approach of the other 12 international Katsuyas, Starck incorporates striking and luxurious white and tan leather seating, while backlit Japanese iconography line the walls.
Operating hours are 11am to midnight Sunday through Wednesday, and 11am to 1am Thursday through Saturday.