Richie Notar Is Launching Three New Restaurants

He's not looking for the next great chef.
He's not looking for the next great chef. Photo: Patrick McMullan

Richie Notar was just a teenage kid from Queens when he knocked on Studio 54’s door in the late seventies and landed a job as a busboy at the legendary club. He’s been the managing partner at Nobu for while, and today the Wall Street Journal reports he’ll soon open his first side project, a restaurant and oyster bar at the Lombardy Hotel. The menu will be seafood-based and consist of “contemporary globalized food”; a Harlem restaurant and a barbecue restaurant are also in the works. Notar, who has worked at Nobu for nineteen years and has overseen the entire restaurant’s mundane business and VIP acrobatics from a dining room table in Tribeca, will remain a partner at that restaurant. [WSJ, Earlier]