It's been nearly a year since Infusion Lounge announced its clubbing days were over, and now, its former host Hotel Fusion is revealing what will take over the vacated Union Square space: a swanky "multi-million dollar" steakhouse from Michelin-starred chef Akira Back.
The hotel will renovate the space to become a "130-seat luxury restaurant," according to Eater SF, set to serve Back's "bold interpretations of Asian fare with American influence," per a press release.
Chef Back has already made a name for himself worldwide, but his influence is particularly felt around Las Vegas, where he's opened two businesses on the tourist-heavy Las Vegas Strip: one called Yellowtail, at the Bellagio, and another called Kumi at Mandalay Bay. He also has additional planned or already operating businesses across the world in New Delhi, Bali, Jakarta, Hanoi, Toronto, and elsewhere.
"I've always wanted to bring my cuisine to San Francisco, one of the world's culinary capitals, but have been waiting for the right location and partnership," Back said in a press release. "Two blocks from Union Square, Hotel Fusion is in the heart of world-class dining and shopping, the ideal site for my latest venture."
Akira Back Steak will replace what was once the busy downtown Infusion Lounge. In 2008, the nightclub was renovated in what was then called "the most lavish nightclub buildout in city history." Nonetheless, it closed in 2018 to make way for Back's restaurant concept.
At the time, Infusion Lounge founder Chris Rosas promised "something groundbreaking, spectacular, and exciting" would be opening in the downtown space.