I'm sure at some point in time we've all been to a benihana to watch the tricks and mini show at the hibachi grill, how they do tricks and build a volcano. Well today is a sad day. Rocky Aoki, founder of Benihana died Thursday after complications of cancer. Its a sad day indeed. For an immigrant who came to the states because he was able to get on the japanese olympic wrestling team, who served ice cream during the day and took restaurant management classes at night and opened his first restaurant in the early 1950's and survived through racism, food critics and regan economics, he did pretty well for himself. He made an empire for himself, not a huge one but a decent size one combing food and entertainment together. I did find Benihana amusing to go to, a bit on the pricy side, but amusing. And so this is a sad day as we remember him.... food can be fun!
p.s. yes his daughter is devon aoki, the girl from 2 fast 2 furious and sin city, yes she's trying to act. key word trying...
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