The Benihana is a company, which franchises and even owns more than 116 Japanese cuisine restaurants across the world. Rocky Aoki founded the company back in the year 1964 for bringing different types of Japanese cuisines to the customers. In the year 1976, the company acquired Hardwicke Companies for running the company as partners. However, this relationship was terminated in the year 1980. In 1982, the company went public and at that time, Joel Schwartz was the president of the company. Until now, there are still some restaurants that the company owns privately, and in 1995 the restaurants were combined together to form Benihana Inc.