Four Seasons Hotel Doha announce the appointment of Layne Nguyen as General Manager at Nobu Doha, the hotel’s highly anticipated new restaurant scheduled to open by the end of the year.
As the world’s largest Nobu, the tri-level restaurant will be well appointed alongside Four Seasons Hotel Doha’s idyllic waterfront setting overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Regional vice president and general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Doha, Rami Sayess, said:
We are incredibly excited to welcome Layne to the Four Seasons team…through his extensive tenure and in-depth experience, he has played a vital role in the success of Nobu restaurants and will lend this same level of expertise to Four Seasons as we embark on an exciting new culinary chapter at the hotel.’
In his new role, Layne will be responsible for overseeing operations at the 26,000 square-foot restaurant, which includes a 192-seat interior dining area, two private dining rooms, multiple lounges, and catering operations. Additionally, Nguyen will be at the helm of recruitment, training and development to continue Nobu and Four Seasons’ leading service cultures. Layne said:
It is an incredible honour to join a like-minded brand such as Four Seasons and be a part of this strategic landmark as we introduce the very first Nobu to Qatar, as well as to the luxury hotel’s discerning guests.’
Layne, who has had an extensive career with Nobu Restaurants, makes the move to Doha from Nobu San Diego in California, US where he most recently served as assistant general manager. While in California, he earned the coveted certification and title as the traditional Japenese beverage sommelier and created exquisite food pairing menus – such as ideal serving temperatures for each beverage, elevating the already exquisite dining experience for guests. Layne originally began working with Nobu Restaurants at Nobu Dallas in Texas, US in 2006, in various management roles. He is fluent in English and Vietnamese.
Designed by internationally-acclaimed architect David Rockwell and his firm Rockwell Group, Nobu Doha will showcase renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature new style Japanese cuisine, as well as new creations infusing local ingredients representative of the region. The captivating atmosphere will offer guests a stylish and comfortable retreat-like setting blended with innovative cuisine, making for Doha’s premiere epicurean haven.
The 26,000 square-foot (2,400 square metre) Nobu Doha promises to be the largest of its kind in the brand’s global portfolio. The restaurant will feature an expansive 192-seat interior dining area, intimate 10-seat sushi counter, two exclusive private dining rooms, and a one-of-a-kind 82-seat rooftop lounge that encompasses both indoor and outdoor seating options.