Shelley Sandzer celebrates San Francisco signing for Soho’s Chotto Matte

Shelley Sandzer has secured a new San Francisco location for renowned Soho restaurant, Chotto Matte.

The 16,500 sq ft restaurant will be located on the rooftop in Union Square. Offering one of the few open-air rooftop dining terraces in the city, with views across Union Square, the Bay Bridges and Twin Peaks, Chotto Matte San Francisco will open in 2022.

Guests will enjoy Chotto Matte’s signature Nikkei cuisine, which blends Japanese and Peruvian culinary traditions, in beautiful surroundings, with an open sushi counter, comprehensive wine display, and live DJs to provide an immersive and entertaining experience.

Chotto Matte was founded by Kurt Zdesar who has built 30 years of experience in the global hospitality industry, leading many pioneering concepts in the sector.  Zdesar’s accolades include being European Director for Nobu, consulting for Alan Yau for the launch of Hakassan and founding global dining chain Ping Pong.  Zdesar is also the founder and owner of Chotto Matte, which has restaurants in Miami and Toronto alongside its London flagship.

The new location was secured by Philip Sandzer, co-founder of Shelley Sandzer, who re-joined partners and co-managing directors, Ted Schama and Nick Weir, to launch an international division in 2019.

Kurt Zdesar said:”We are delighted to continue our expansion plans for Chotto Matte internationally.  We cannot wait for the new phase of growth to allow more people to experience the very best of authentic innovative Nikkei cuisine, in stylish architectural spaces across the globe.  Shelley Sandzer has been the perfect partner for our US expansion plans, with their understanding of our business and ambition matched by market knowledge, contacts and energy that are second-to-none.  It has been a winning combination that has secured the best location in San Francisco.”

Philip Sandzer added: “We are very excited to have secured a unique site for Chotto Matte’s debut on the West Coast of America.  The prime location atop the first new building in Union Square for decades attracted significant international interest, but our persistence and Kurt’s passion for his business prevailed.  This is going to be one of the most significant openings in the USA next year, and marks the beginning of a great partnership between Chotto Matte and Shelley Sandzer.”

In addition to San Francisco, Chotto Matte is to open new restaurants in Doha and Riyadh in 2022 as it embarks on a global expansion programme.

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