Tokyo-born restauranteur Hiroaki ‘Rocky’ Aoki died on Thursday in New York City at the age of 69. [Ju;y 11, 2008] A former wrestler on the Japanese Olympic team, Aoki moved to New York after failing to qualify for the 1960 games in Rome. He went on to open his first teppanyaki-styled restaurant in 1964, with $10,000 he earned selling ice cream from a truck.
Benihana Inc. (Japanese language: 紅花 "Safflower") is an American restaurant company based in Doral, Florida. 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. It was founded by Hiroaki Aoki in New York City.
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"