Benihana closes debut Scottish restaurant

By Sophie Witts contact

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Benihana closes debut Scottish restaurant

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Teppanyaki chain Benihana has closed its debut Scottish restaurant after just seven months of trading, blaming a “depression” impacting the UK high street.

The Glasgow site launched in February​ and was Benihana’s first UK restaurant to open in several years, joining its London sites in Piccadilly, Chelsea and St Paul's. 

But a Benihana spokesperson told Glasgow Live​ the restaurant closed on 7 September.

“Against a backdrop of the well-publicised struggles being faced by the restaurant sector, and the depression affecting the UK high street, the difficult decision to close on financial viability grounds has been taken,” a spokesperson says.

“Moving forward, we will continue to focus on Benihana’s franchise programme in the UK and internationally.”

Benihana was founded in 1964 by the late wrestler Hiroaki ‘Rocky’ Aoki in New York, and popularised the theatrical teppanyaki cooking style, with chefs frying and juggling ingredients in front of guests.   

Asian hospitality company Minor International bought a 75% stake in the business last year.

Benihana runs more than 20 restaurants worldwide, with upcoming openings planned for Mexico City and Cairo, Egypt.

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