It’s not every day a mall expansion attracts a major superstar like Robert DeNiro. The actor was on hand when Simon Property Group broke ground Oct. 18 on its major expansion of Buckhead’s Phipps Plaza. He joined Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell at the ceremony, according to various media sources.
DeNiro is co-owner of Nobu, the restaurant and hotel chain that is part of the expansion. The plans also include an office tower, fitness center, outdoor event venue and public green space.
Executives at Simon, which owns Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square malls, and District 7 City Councilmember Howard Shook were also present at the groundbreaking, according to the reports. The officials used sledgehammers to smash a wall at the ceremony.
The expansion is expected to open in phases starting in 2021.