MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 8, 2008--Benihana Inc. (NASDAQ: BNHNA; BNHN), operator of the nation's largest chain of Japanese theme and sushi restaurants, today updated development activity for its Benihana teppanyaki and RA Sushi restaurant concepts.
There are currently eight additional Benihana teppanyaki restaurants under development in Coral Springs, FL; Orlando, FL; Chicago, IL; Westwood, MA; Meadowlands, NJ; Columbus, OH; Plymouth Meeting, PA; and. Plano, TX.
There are currently seven additional RA Sushi restaurants under development in Chino Hills, CA; Huntington Beach, CA; Orlando, FL; South Miami, FL; Leawood, KS; Westwood, MA; and Houston, TX.
"We continue to make progress in our development of new Benihana and RA Sushi locations across the country, and have already completed 17 renovations of older teppanyaki units, with the entire remodeling program projected to be completed by January 2009. We look forward to providing unit growth projections for fiscal 2009 on our fiscal fourth quarter 2008 conference call, which will be held in June," stated Joel A. Schwartz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Benihana Inc. (NASDAQ: BNHNA; BNHN) operates 88 restaurants nationwide, including 60 Benihana teppanyaki restaurants, nine Haru sushi restaurants, and nineteen RA Sushi Bar restaurants. Under development at present are fifteen restaurants - eight Benihana teppanyaki restaurants and seven RA Sushi restaurants. In addition, 18 franchised Benihana teppanyaki restaurants are operating in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.
To learn more about the Company and its three Japanese theme and sushi restaurant concepts, please view the corporate video at www.benihana.com/company_profile.asp
SOURCE: Benihana Inc.