Founded in 1996 by childhood buddies Scott Kilpatrick and Rich Howland, the ultra-hip RA Sushi Bar Restaurant grew to four units in Phoenix before catching the corporate eye of Benihana, Inc. In December 2002, Benihana acquired RA and commenced taking the sushi and sake sensation into urban markets throughout the country.

LocationScottsdale, Ariz.
2007 Systemwide Sales$42,000,000
% Change in Sales24.4%
2007 U.S. Units16
% Change in Units45.5%
2007 Average Unit Volume$3,100,000
% Change in AUV-3.1%
Future 50 Year2008