Benihana fires up plans for first UK restaurant in over 20 years

By Sophie Witts contact

- Last updated on GMT

Benihana restaurant Glasgow opening
Theatrical teppanyaki-style restaurant Benihana is to open its debut Scottish site in Glasgow in 2019.

It will be the first UK launch for the brand in more than 20 years, following its openings in London’s Piccadilly, Chelsea and St Paul’s.

The move is part of a planned expansion of the group​ after it sold a 75% stake to billion-dollar Asian hospitality company Minor International in April.

The 100-cover Glasgow city centre restaurant will feature nine teppan tables where chefs will juggle and chop hibachi steak, chicken and shrimp over a hot plate. Diners can also order sushi and sashimi, as well as premium sakes and cocktails.

“As the first restaurant to open in more than 20 years in the UK, it is a milestone in our growth strategy for Benihana,” says Richard Mackay, managing director at Benihana. “This is an important period as the restaurant looks to evolve, both through new bricks and mortar, as well as culinary experience.”

Benihana was founded 55 years ago by the late wrestler Hiroaki ‘Rocky’ Aoki in New York, and popularised the playful teppanyaki cooking style.

It now operates 16 restaurants across Europe as well as sites in Asia, the Middle East and North America

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