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Tokyo Rock ready to roll

Melissa Topey • Jun 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM


Yet another restaurant has opened in Sandusky, adding to its culinary options.

Benny Yang and his business partner William Huang are hosting the grand opening for Tokyo Rock, a sushi and hibachi-style restaurant, on Monday.

“I am so happy,” Yang said.

Tokyo Rock is on Cleveland Road, in the former McDonald's across from the start of the causeway entrance to Cedar Point. The restaurant quietly opened a couple weeks ago, and they have been busy every day, Yang said.

Now they are throwing open the doors to the pagoda-shaped restaurant.

The eatery screams luxury. The decor features warm red and black colors, which highlight a metallic gold-tiled floor with floral stamped accents, and a bamboo wall. There are six high-end hibachi stations with overhead lighting, creating an effect worthy to included on Iron Chef.

An outdoor patio, with two large hibachi stations and a bar, is sure to be a local favorite.

Yang has brought in four chefs from New York, specializing in hibachi displays and sushi presentation.

“People coming in are going to have a great show and a great dining experience, Japanese style,” Yang said.

One of the chefs demonstrating his talents is Ken Liu, sushi chef for almost 11 years.

Liu came from New York to work at Tokyo Rock at the request of Yang, his friend.

“The most important thing in sushi is freshness,” Liu said.

Anyone who is a novice to sushi can rely on Liu to help guide them to a tasty treat they will like, such as tempura style, Liu said.

The salads are Tokyo Rock are proving a strong seller.

Customers like salad dressing made with ginger and pineapple.

“I could eat it every day, even after all these years,” Yang said.

A lot of the sauces and dressings at Tokyo Rock are family recipes.

Yang's father was a chef for about 30 years until he retired. Yang's sister is a chef.

Yang operates Tomo Hibachi, in Cedar Point's Breakers Hotel, for the past six years. This year, Huang will be responsible for Tomo's daily operation.

Most of the sushi rolls on the Tokyo Rock menu cost about $10 to $15.

Chicken and steak hibachi dinners are about $24. The seafood tempura is $20.

Yang suggests dinners try the Udon noodles, a traditional Japanese dish that is $10 on the menu.

Tokyo Rock

1934 Cleveland Road, across from the Cedar Point Causeway

Phone: 419-621-8088 or 8188

Summertime hours: 11 a.m. -11 p.m. Monday – Sunday

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