Robert De Niro - Matsuhisa Turned Down De Niro Partnership Offer

ROBERT DE NIRO had to badger restaurant boss NOBUYUKI MATSUHISA to join him as a business partner - because the Japanese tycoon failed to recognise the Hollywood legend.
Taxi Driver star De Niro approached Matsuhisa at his eaterie in Los Angeles in the early 1990s and proposed to open a sister branch of Nobu in his native New York.
But the baffled businessman had no idea who De Niro was, and turned down the offer - and the actor was forced to ask several more times before Matsuhisa agreed.
The restaurateur tells The Sunday Times Magazine, "Back then, one of my customers was Robert De Niro. I didn't know who he was to begin with, but every time he was in L.A. he'd book a table. His favourite meal was baked black cod marinated in miso.
"Then one day he asked me if I'd open a restaurant with him in New York. I was afraid of expanding, so I said no. But he kept coming back, and several years later I agreed. He's been a business partner ever since."


Contactmusic

Tags: Robert De Niro

Advertisement

More Robert De Niro

De Niro, Pitt and DiCaprio Set for Martin Scorsese Short Film

In what may well be the most star-studded short movie of all time, Martin Scorsese will direct a campaign video for Melco-Crown Entertainment (MCE) starring...

So, Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie Are Married. Here's What They're Doing Career-Wise

In celebrity news you should definitely care about, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are now officially, legally married. It’s been kind of a public secret...

Special Effects Pioneer Dick Smith Dies Aged 92

The Oscar-winning make-up artist Dick Smith has died aged 92. In a career spanning over fifty years, Smith was responsible for some of the most...

Robert De Niro Crashes Stranger's Home To Watch World Cup

Who knew Robert De Niro is a big soccer fan.The legendary actor is known for taking his work very seriously, but it seems the World...

Advertisement

Robert De Niro Crashes World Cup Party in Brooklyn. Internet Explodes

Bill Murray, sir, you have competition. It turns out Robert De Niro is a pretty keen party crasher himself and during a visit to Brooklyn's...

Why Daniel Day-Lewis Deserves His Knighthood

Few actors impart an intensity and dedication to the process of characterization as relentlessly as Daniel Day-Lewis. The 57 year-old occupies a position in the...

As Robert De Niro Remembers His Father, We Look Back At The Artist's Life and Legacy

Actor Robert De Niro has been opening up about his artist father ahead of his HBO documentary, 'Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.' Apart...

Robert De Niro Talks About His Late Openly Gay Father, Ahead Of HBO Documentary Release

Robert De Niro is known to be very discreet when it comes to his private life, but in a rare occasion he recalled past memories...

Advertisement

Comments

Robert De Niro Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Robert De Niro

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All