Sarku Japan(R) Continues National Expansion With The Opening Of Teriyaki And Sushi Express In Capitol Heights, Maryland

Local franchisee makes career change from music producer to restaurant owner

June 23, 2011 // // (CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD) – Sarku Japan®, the largest and most successful Japanese Quick Service Restaurant chain (QSR) in the United States, will take its sizzling teriyaki and made-to-order sushi from mall food courts to the streets. On June 25th, Sarku Japan® will open its new free-standing concept, Teriyaki and Sushi Express in Capitol Heights. Touting the brand promise "Fresh Happens Here," the restaurant will feature chefs preparing made-to-order sushi and signature teriyaki recipes on a Teppanyaki grill, fresh for guests to enjoy. The Capitol Heights franchise, located at Steeplchase 95, will be Sarku Japan's® second in Maryland with another slated to open in White Oak in July.

Local franchisee, Sam Oh, a native of Korea and Virginia resident, spent many years as a music producer for Korean pop music. Driven by his love for Sarku Japan's® Asian cuisine and fascination with the restaurant industry, he decided to partner with his aunt, Hyun Ki Chung, who owns four franchise restaurants in Korea, in opening a Sarku Japan® franchise.

"Hyun and I are thrilled to be opening a Sarku Japan® Teriyaki and Sushi Express in the D.C. area," said Mr. Oh. "We're confident that we've made a smart investment and are pleased to be offering the community a healthier alternative to traditional fast food. Sarku Japan's® authentic Japanese cuisine is trans-fat free and contains no MSG."

"Many of our franchisees have made career changes with their decision to open a Sarku Japan® franchise," says Bruce Kim, Director of Franchise Development. We have former bankers, technical engineers, and sales and marketing professionals all finding success in owning and operating their own restaurant.

According to Kim, with the popularity of healthy Japanese quick service food like teriyaki and sushi on the rise, there has never been a better time to open a Sarku Japan® franchise. The company offers franchisee support in all areas including training, operations, and marketing.

Sarku Japan® is now accepting franchise applications from qualified applicants. For more information visit, call 1-800-668-3858 ext. 694, or email

About Sarku Japan®

Established in 1987, Sarku Japan® can be found in over 200 food courts in high-profile malls nationwide. Since 2008, Sarku Japan® has introduced free-standing restaurants in major metro markets such as Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, D.C., and Los Angeles, as well as international markets including Southeast Asia and South America. The company's plans for expansion include opening 15-20 corporate and franchise stores per year over the next five years. Corporate headquarters are located in Markham, Ontario Canada.



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