Revisiting the life of Benihana founder Rocky Aoki, you may need to wear a helmet

Restaurant Rewind: Calling the wrestler-turned-playboy a free spirit is like saying Michael Jordan could shoot.


The M&A market is showing signs of life

The Bottom Line: Benihana is apparently on the market, according to reports, helping to signal that the market for restaurants is improving.

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A hibachi steakhouse chain offering Japanese fare prepared exhibition-style at guests' tables

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A Japanese steakhouse known for its exhibition-style cooking

The longtime Morton's exec will oversee the company's three Japanese brands.