While it is no secret that Larry Ellison is the proud owner of several properties in Mailbu, Calif., the Oracle Founder and CEO is keeping mum on the details of his new Malibu restaurant opening.
Last weekend, a new paper sign bearing the restaurant’s apparent name—“Nikita”—appeared on the building’s outer wall.
The restaurant shares a name with Ellison’s girlfriend, Ukranian actress Nikita Kahn, but staff members declined to discuss whether the restaurant was named for Kahn.
Nikita is located just steps from Ellison’s upscale sushi restaurant, Nobu. The buildings share a parking lot on the Pacific Coast Highway.
The site was once home to PierView Restaurant and Cantina, which closed in 2003. Rumors about which restaurant would move into the posh new site have been swirling around Malibu for months, but details have proved elusive.
The restaurant already has a permit to begin selling alcohol on site after 11 a.m. and to stay open as late as 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 2 a.m. on weekends— just feet away from Nobu.
Ellison also owns the Casa Malibu Inn motel, Nikita’s neighbor to the other side. He reportedly owns 10 separate beachfront properties in Carbon Beach, in addition to the Malibu Racquet Club and several other properties throughout the city.
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