Shock as Glasgow's Benihana restaurant announces closure less than a year since opening

The teppanyaki restaurant opened in the city centre earlier this year, and was the American brand's first Scottish outlet.

Published 10th Sep 2019
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

But after only a few months of trading, Benihana on West Nile Street closed its doors for the final time earlier this month.

Posting on their website, the the team said: "It is with great sadness that we announce Benihana will cease trading from Sunday 8th September at its W Nile Street restaurant in Glasgow.

"Whilst we have loved being part of the local community, the difficult decision to close was made on the basis of the challenges facing the UK high street and restaurant sector. We take this opportunity to thank all our guests for welcoming us with open arms. It has been a genuine pleasure to serve you."

The brand announced it was opening in early 2019 in Scotland in November, and released plans for the city centre restaurant, which seated over 100 people.

Features included teppan tables where guests experienced a fast-paced performance of chopping and juggling by their own personal chef, that creates an “exciting and entertaining teppanyaki-style dining experience for all ages”.

Speaking before the opening, Richard Mackay, Managing Director Benihana Ltd, said: “Benihana is a pioneer in introducing Japanese cuisine to global palates and has been entertaining guests from all over the world for more than 50 years.

“We are excited to confirm the new restaurant in Glasgow will open in early 2019. As Benihana moves into an exciting new era, guests will see a beautiful new design concept that marries authentic Japanese visuals with a modern palette and texturised materials."

Benihana opened its doors back in 1964 with just four tables to entertain guests when iconic founder ‘Hiroki ‘Rocky’ Aoki’ first launched the brand.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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