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Robert DeNiro visits Atlanta for Nobu groundbreaking at Phipps Plaza


After several minutes of comprehensive details and thanks from local city officials and Simon mall executives, Robert DeNiro trotted to the podium in his casual black ensemble and sneakers, grinned and said, “It’s gonna be great!”

An hour later, seated to the side of the groundbreaking area for the 10,000-square-foot Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, DeNiro was asked why he and the co-founders of the hospitality brand – Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and film producer Meir Teper – would spend a day flying from New York to Atlanta, Atlanta to Houston for a Nobu opening and then Houston to Las Vegas, to continue the year-long fifth anniversary of the Nobu brand there.

“Why not?” the famously taciturn DeNiro said.

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