Yoshinoya, one of Japan’s most respected restaurant companies and a global brand with more than 1,400 worldwide locations, today announced the opening of four new restaurant locations in Southern California. These new locations express the brand’s dedication to their heritage and tradition, as well as showcase the latest brand innovations, technology, and customer service to the Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside markets. With this latest growth, the Yoshinoya brand now operates or franchises more than 90 locations in the United States.

“Yoshinoya is proud of our 110-year history of tradition, consistent growth, and customer loyalty, especially during difficult economic times such as those we face today. Unlike many quick-service restaurant brands, we continue to create opportunities for the growth of our brand in Los Angeles and beyond, and we will be announcing even more restaurant openings in the coming months,” says 21-year veteran and senior vice president of operations, Manuel Villarreal.
Aggressive growth is scheduled to continue for Yoshinoya in 2009 with openings scheduled across various Southern California cities Lakewood, Sun Valley, Sylmar among others.

Following plans to grow the brand to more than 100 locations by the end of 2009, Yoshinoya has opened the following locations:

6598 Cherry Avenue, Long Beach, California: This 1,728-square-foot, 36-seat restaurant opened on April 10, 2009, and is located at the intersection of Cherry and Artesia in Long Beach.

14308 Prairie Boulevard, Hawthorne, California. This 1,360-square-foot, 30-seat restaurant opened on April 27, 2009, and is located at the intersection of Prairie and Rosecrans in Hawthorne. A Grand Opening Event is scheduled on May 9th, 2009 and will feature radio personalities and fun for the whole family.

401 South Lincoln Avenue, Suite C, Corona California. This 2,070-square-foot, 40-seat restaurant opened on April 29, 2009, and is located in the heart of Corona.

1273 N. Tustin Avenue #A, Orange, California. This 1,990-square-foot, 42-seat restaurant opened on April 25, 2009, and is located at the intersection of Tustin & Katella Avenues in Orange. A Grand Opening Event is scheduled on May 16th, 2009 and will feature a live radio remote and other family oriented fun.

Fresh, wholesome Japanese-style cuisine is the essence of the Yoshinoya menu. Dating back to the opening of the first restaurant in 1899 in Tokyo, Japan, Yoshinoya is among the oldest quick-service restaurant chains in operation. Through this century of experience, Yoshinoya continues to grow aggressively while operating or franchising more than 1,400 restaurants in Japan, Mainland China, Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, and the U.S.