Benihana was the lifelong dream of Japanese-born American wrestler and restaurateur Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki, who founded Benihana in 1964 with its
first restaurant in New York City. Now headquartered in Miami, Florida, the company owns or franchises roughly 116 Japanese cuisine restaurants
around the world, including its flagship Benihana Teppanyaki brand, Haru Japanese fusion restaurant and RA Sushi restaurants.
Benihana is passionate about growth, growth and more growth. The company plans to open many new locations in the coming years and several existing
locations are undergoing remodeling. Just as Benihana is known for its quality-consciousness — only the highest quality food and the best
dining experience, the same must be reflected in its capital construction management. The company has
multiple brands under the umbrella name “Benihana”, each featuring a distinctive atmosphere and an inventive menu. Benihana required
Construction Program Management Software that could ensure its construction projects were seamlessly automated and tracked, whilst simultaneously
ensuring that the individual intricacies of each brand are preserved the entire way. To address these needs, Benihana chose to implement Projectmates
web-based construction management software for its unparalleled ability to act as a single platform of communication and workflow automation for construction.
Benihana (紅花) translates to “safflower,” and was the very same name that Rocky’s father, Yūnosuke Aoki, gave to the family’s coffee shop in Tokyo.
The safflower is a highly branched, herbaceous plant commonly extracted for its oil and as a natural textile dye. Safflower dye was incredibly popular
during Japan's Heian period (794-1185), and was a regular ingredient in Japanese cosmetics and traditional clothing.
The construction projects of today have many moving pieces, dispersed project participants, and tight schedules. In order to accomplish all project-related
goals in a timely, effective, and efficient manner, the right kind of tools are critical. Projectmates exceeds clients' expectations with real-time,
up-to-the-minute access to the most accurate information to keep schedules on track, stay on budget, and minimize delays.