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 purchased in 1999 and 2002, respectively. ...
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