When Donald Trump began competing in earnest for the presidency last year, he was simultaneously opening a brand-new five-star hotel. But after his disparaging comments about immigrants, both Geoffrey Zakarian and José Andrés dropped out, and Trump sued them for breach of contract. Now, after months of looking for a replacement, the famed New York City sushi restaurant Sushi Nakazawa will be joining the previously-announced BLT Prime.
BLT Prime replaced what would have been a Spanish-fusion restaurant by immigrant chef Andrés, while Zakarian’s restaurant space was turned into a conference room. Nakazawa signed on last month to open in the converted Old Post Office Pavilion.
Owner Alessandro Borgognone told The Washington Post that Trump’s “political views are not our views,” and the “current political climate has nothing to do on how we conduct business.”
The new Nakazawa restaurant will be very similar to the original New York concept, with its award-winning 21-course omakase.