NEW YORK Rocky Aoki, the founder of the Benihana chain, died Thursday after complications due to cancer, according to a statement from his family. He was 69.
The Japanese-born Aoki opened the first Benihana in New York in 1964. The chain, which now has 60 units, is largely credited with introducing Americans to the teppanyaki-style of dining.
Benihana Inc. is also the parent of the nine-unit Haru and 19-unit RA Sushi brands, which the company purchase