De Niro at Center of Celeb Food Fight

Actor's restaurant chain causes uproar with use of endangered tuna
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2009 2:26 PM CDT
Robert DeNiro is a co-owner of Nobu.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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(Newser) – Celebrities including Sienna Miller, Charlize Theron, and Sting are joining the food fight against famed restaurant Nobu, the New York Post reports. Activists are demanding the Japanese eatery, co-owned by Robert De Niro, remove endangered bluefin tuna from its pricey menu so they can “dine with a clear conscience.” Another co-owner promises, “We are going to do the right thing.”

But the restaurant chain has resisted so far. The lowdown: bluefin, which is swimming toward extinction, makes the best tuna sushi. “I won't be satisfied until Nobu and all other restaurants that serve bluefin tuna start putting pressure on retailers to stop selling it,” said a filmmaker who chronicled the issue.