Construction Set to Begin on Oct. 10 for Sakura Novi Retail Project

With construction set to begin on Oct. 10 for the Sakura Novi project, restaurants Chubby Cattle and Presotea have signed leases and are joining the project’s tenant roster.
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Two restaurants are joining the lineup of tenants at the soon-to-be-built Sakura Novi development project. // Rendering courtesy of Sakura Novi

With construction set to begin on Oct. 10 for the Sakura Novi project, restaurants Chubby Cattle and Presotea have signed leases and are joining the project’s tenant roster.

Sakura Novi, a mixed-used development project, features a collection of Asian-themed restaurants, high-end lifestyle retail shops and services, and 117 townhome apartments. At the center, there will be a Japanese-themed garden path, a pond, and a public plaza for community events.

Chubby Cattle was founded by David Zhao and Haibin Yang. The restaurant specializes in traditional Chinese hot pot dishes. Their restaurant group, Chubby Cattle Holdings, owns 11 restaurants in cities across the United States.

Presotea is an original brand from Taiwan that uses experience from the tea industry to offer freshly brewed crafted tea drinks. Presotea’s process consists of using espresso modeled machines to extract the tea essence from loose leaf tea, one cup at a time.

The Novi location will offer hot/iced bubble tea, tea lattes, coffee, smoothies, as well as various food selections. The store at Sakura Novi will be the third store in Michigan for owners Jim Tran and Andy Nguyen.

“Both Andy and I feel so honored to have the opportunity to partner with the Sakura Novi team on this exciting project and to be a part of the Novi community,” Tran says.

Chubby Cattle and Presotea, along with Dancing Pine Korean Steakhouse, are the anchor tenants in the Sakura Novi restaurant collection.

“The goal is to bring together authentic complementary flavors and cuisines by quality operators,’ says developer Phil Kim. “The resulting collection will make Sakura Novi a superb choice for all foodies in the metro Detroit area.”

“These signed leases with concepts led by dynamic entrepreneurs provide confidence that the market believes in our vision,” adds developer Scott Aikens. “Beyond the executed leases, we are in negotiation with numerous other exciting establishments. We are especially interested in tenants focused on lifestyle and wellness, as well as unique retail goods and entertainment. These tenants might include spas, fitness studios, salons, beauty services, or high-end fashion.”

The luxury apartments are another central project anchor.

“These new townhome apartments will feature private entrances, one and two car attached garages, first floor offices and two- or three-bedroom layouts,” says Darian Nuebecker, COO of Robertson Homes. “Robertson Homes is very excited to be helping create this new mixed-use community in the heart of Novi.”