Benihana Inc. Announces Results of its Annual Meeting of Stockholders

MIAMI, Sep 30, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Benihana Inc. (NASDAQ: BNHNA; BNHN), operator of the nation's largest chain of Japanese theme and sushi restaurants, today announced the results of its Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was held yesterday at The Westin Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

  • Lewis Jaffe and Darwin C. Dornbush were elected as Class I Common Stock directors and will each serve a one-year term. Mr. Dornbush also stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
  • Richard C. Stockinger, Chief Executive Officer and President, and Michael W. Kata, were elected as Class III Common Stock directors and will each serve a three-year term. Mr. Stockinger was also elected Chairman of the Board of Directors, replacing Mr. Dornbush.
  • Adam L. Gray was elected as a Class III Class A Stock director and will serve a three year term.
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP was ratified as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2011.

Richard Stockinger, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer, and President, said, "We thank our stockholders for their support and confidence in voting for the nominees proposed by the Board of Directors and welcome Michael W. Kata and Adam L. Gray as new directors. The entire leadership team looks forward to working together on the ongoing Renewal Program, strengthening our financial condition, and maximizing value for the benefit of all stockholders through our recently announced sales process."

Mr. Stockinger concluded, "We would also like to recognize and thank Darwin C. Dornbush for his many years of service to the Company. Although Darwin has retired from his chairmanship position, we are fortunate that we will continue benefiting from this expertise as a member of the Board of Directors."

Mr. Stockinger's presentation at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders can be found on the investor relations portion of the Company's website at www.benihana.com

About Benihana

Benihana Inc. (NASDAQ: BNHNA; BNHN) operates 97 restaurants nationwide, including 63 Benihana Teppanyaki restaurants, nine Haru sushi restaurants, and 25 RA Sushi Bar restaurants. In addition, 20 franchised Benihana Teppanyaki restaurants are operating in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.

SOURCE: Benihana Inc.

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