Katsuya and Umami Burger to expand into Saudi Arabia

sbe is partnering with Bulldozer Group for the 10 restaurant development
Katsuya in Dubai Mall.
Katsuya in Dubai Mall.

UAE-based Bulldozer Group is continuing to increase its presence in Saudi Arabia by opening Katsuya and Umami Burger in the Kingdom.

It is partnering with hospitality company sbe to bring the brands to the country for the first time, with Katsuya currently having five locations in the Middle East including Dubai and Bahrain, while it’s a first in the region for Umami Burger.


Sam Nazarian, founder and CEO of sbe, said: "We are incredibly proud to bring two of our award-winning brands, Katsuya and Umami Burger to Saudi Arabia and to continue our global expansion of these brands after our successful launch in Mexico, Japan, Bahamas, and Middle East. This marks another milestone in the global growth of sbe and subsidiary Disruptive Group, and I am especially excited to partner with my longtime friend, Evgeny Kuzin and collaborate with his well-established company, Bulldozer Group."

Katsuya is a modern take on Japanese classic dishes and currently has 15 outlets worldwide, with a 16th set to open in Italy in early 2020.

Umami Burger has 28 locations globally and specialises in gourmet hamburgers. It opened its first store in the USA in 2009.

Both concepts are set to open in Riyadh in 2020, before moving to Jeddah and then Damman after.

Bulldozer is seeking locations around 5,000 square feet for Umami Burger and 8,000 square feet for Katsuya.

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