In a blow to performative dining in Chicago, the only local branch of Benihana closed this past Tuesday. Just where are tacky people going to get their Japanese food now? Good news! RA Sushi is owned by the Benihana people, and is in no danger of going anywhere. We went to a Benihana once, and the guy who was doing our shrimp missed when he he tried to flip the shells into his chef’s hat. Also, the steak wasn’t great, and it was expensive. We don’t say good riddance, because we the theatricallity eventually wore down our jaded demeanor, but…we don’t think it’s a crime that the closest Benihanas are in Lombard, Wheeling and Schaumburg - exactly where they belong.
[Photo: Benihana Chef by the inimitable Zesmerelda/flickr]