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Benihana Inc. (Japanese language: 紅花 "Safflower") is an American restaurant company based in Doral, Florida.[4] It owns or franchises 116 Japanese cuisine restaurants around the world, including its flagship Benihana Teppanyaki brand, as well as the Haru (fusion cuisine) and RA Sushi restaurants.[5][6] It was founded by Hiroaki Aoki in New York City.

Tokyo-born restauranteur HIROAKI "ROCKY" AOKI (1938-2008). A former wrestler on the Japanese Olympic team, Aoki moved to New York after failing to qualify for the 1960 games in Rome. In 1964 he opened his first teppanyaki-styled restaurant with the $10,000 he earned selling ice cream from a truck. Thus the Benihana chain was born. Rocky married three times. His offspring include supermodel Devon Aoki. A self-proclaimed “risk-taker,” he was the 1st to cross the Pacific Ocean in a hot-air…

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Devon Aoki's father Hiroaki "Rocky" Aoki founded the Benihana restaurant chain. Name: Devon Aoki Born: 1982 Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America Profession: Fashion Model, Actor Height: 5'5"

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