sbe’s Katsuya culinary concept has debuted at Baha Mar, a $4.2 billion resort development in the Bahamas. Designed by Philippe Starck, the 250-seat restaurant marks the brand’s 10th outpost internationally, as well as sbe’s first property at the integrated resort in Nassau.
Helmed by sushi chef Katsuya Uechi and set within Baha Mar Casino, the dining venue features indoor and outdoor patio areas, each of which is home to two bars. Starck—who’s designed all of the brand’s venues—incorporated natural wood elements, white and tan leather seating and backlit Japanese iconography throughout the dining areas. The main rooms feature high ceilings with tan and gray wall accents, while the Dragon Room showcases custom wallpaper evoking the look of dragon scales.
Over the next six months, sbe plans to open 10 restaurants and lounges, as well as a 299-room SLS hotel, at the resort destination on New Providence island.
“This opening is a symbol of Katsuya’s evolution, longevity and ability to remain relevant in a crowded, global scene,” says sbe founder and ceo Sam Nazarian. “From opening our first location in Los Angeles and expanding throughout the U.S., to opening internationally in the Middle East, and now, the Bahamas, Katsuya’s momentum is not slowing down. We credit our success to chef Katsuya’s exceptional cuisine, energy on the restaurant floor, and, of course, Philippe’s visionary interior design.”
In addition to Baha Mar, the brand plans to launch a second location in Miami later this year, when SLS LUX Brickell makes its debut. Beyond that, Katsuya expects to open 11 more outposts by 2020, over half of which are planned for the Middle East.