Old-School Favorites Friendly's and Benihana Are Growing
Lately, there’s been chatter about a restaurant recession.
But perhaps there’s salvation ahead. Two old-school restaurant chains, Friendly’s and Benihana, are having a small comeback moment, Forbes reports. Friendly’s, which went through bankruptcy five years ago, is opening its first new restaurants in a decade this year and has plans to add four locations each in 2017 and 2018, MassLive reports.
Meanwhile, Benihana, the teppanyaki spot where a meal is part dinner, part theater, is taking over a 9,000-square-foot lease in Chicago’s John Hancock Tower. The move comes nine years after the restaurant closed up shop in the Windy City (though suburban locations have remained). A rep tells Crain’s, “We've been absent for nine years. That's way too long.”
Let the grilling begin.
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