Benihana's 1Q sales up on increased traffic

Benihana Inc. cited increased traffic as a result of renewal efforts at its flagship brand for an increase in total restaurant sales for the first quarter.

The company said restaurant sales increased 5 percent to $100.2 million for the July 18-ended quarter on a 2.4-percent jump in systemwide same-store sales

By brand, Benihana’s same-store sales were up 3.3 percent for the quarter; sushi concept Haru’s same-store sales were up 2.4 percent, and sales were essentially

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