Chubby Cattle International, the hospitality group founded by Haibin Yang and David Zhao (Forbes 30 under 30 Alumni), announces their newest dining concept, Niku X, which is slated to open December 2022.  Niku X joins the group’s impressive portfolio of tech-forward, high-energy restaurants such as The X Pot in Las Vegas, one of the highest-grossing restaurants in the country.

Niku X: Modern Japanese Restaurant Opening in Downtown Los Angeles

Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles at The Wilshire Grand Central, guests can expect a menu of modern Japanese cuisine with a French influence. Niku X will incorporate the classic Yakiniku style of cooking, a traditional Japanese technique utilized to grill meats. Michelin-starred chef, Shin Thompson, who is behind acclaimed Chicago restaurant concepts Bonsoirée and Furious Spoon Ramen, will offer guests an extraordinary culinary experience characterized by the use of artisanal produce and ranch-to-table ingredients in a harmonious fusion.

“Our menu curation is meant to transport guests one course at a time. Our certified Japanese A5 Wagyu is sustainably sourced from our privately-owned farm. We are proudly transparent and conscious in our extensive process and preparation of Yakiniku. Part of our story is showcasing Niku X’s specialty cuts that combine traditional flavors with a modern and multicultural spin,” says Executive Chef Shin Thompson.

Transparency and conscious preparation methods will be employed to honor the origins of the foods on the seasonal menu. Niku X will offer Japanese Yakiniku tasting menus featuring items such as seafood bites, a caviar course, a variety of premium Wagyu cuts and more.

“We are excited to announce the opening of our newest restaurant Niku X in the vibrant Downtown Los Angeles,” said David Zhao, co-founder of the Chubby Cattle International Group. “Through our curated menus and an immersive fine dining experience, our mission is to alter and elevate the perception of the classic ‘Yakiniku,’ and bridge the gap between Japanese and American cultures.”

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Behind the bar, Niku X will offer a seasonal cocktail program focusing on Asian-inspired ingredients as well as a curated wine collection ranging from old to new world.

The restaurant will be situated on the second floor of the tallest building in Los Angeles, the Wilshire Grand Center, with sweeping views of the city. The 9,000 square-feet space will boast a contemporary interior with tile mosaics and modern Robatayaki grills, as Niku X celebrates state-of-the-art design, technology and innovation.

Niku X will be open Tuesday – Friday for dinner from 5 p.m. – midnight and Saturday – Sunday from 12 p.m. – midnight. For more information, please visit and follow @nikuxla on Instagram.