At a time of unprecedented challenges for casual-dining contenders, Tetsuya Emura believes he has found a niche with the potential to avert common pitfalls of the sit-down-dining sector.Emura is the founder of Tokyo Table, a moderately priced Japanese chain where sushi—a perceived budget buster for some consumers—is on the menu but is decidedly not the food focus.There are no sushi bars at Tokyo Table’s three locations. Instead, Emura has tried to recreate the casual-dining, ethnically ...

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