Coming soon: Sushi, Hibachi restaurant

Tokyo Rock set to open in May, bringing with it family recipes
Melissa Topey
Apr 12, 2014
Hungry? Take a ticket to Tokyo.

Benny Yang and his business partner, William Huang, are gearing up for a mid-May opening of a Japanese hibachi and sushi restaurant, Tokyo Rock, at 1934 Cleveland Road.

“We are going to have the best hibachi chefs providing the best hibachi show, using the best sushi for the best experience,” Huang said. “Make you want to come back the next day”

Everything on the menu will be made with the highest-quality and freshest ingredients possible for a special meal, Yang said.

He’s especially proud of the large salads he’ll be creating for Tokyo Rock, and he and Huang are bringing in world-class chefs from New York.    And while people may think they know what this style of Asian food tastes like, Tokyo Rock will expand your taste buds.

“Our food is family recipes, especially the sauces that are different from other restaurants. It’s unique” Yang said.

Yang, a chef for 16 years, learned from his father, who was a chef for about 30 years. Yang’s sister is also a chef. The family operates restaurants in Canton and Strongsville. Yang has also operated Tomo Hibachi, in Cedar Point’s Breakers hotel, for the past six years.

Tokyo Rock is Yang’s own venture.

Contractors from Columbus are transforming the former Roeder building, across from the Cedar Point causeway. The building, nowadays recognized as the former Cool Waves spot, has sat vacant for about four years.

Work crews were at the site all this week, plying their trades on the interior and exterior. Inside, the restaurant will have a red and black motif, with touches of bamboo and grass to create an Asian atmosphere. Warm tones and soft lighting will help set the tone for the evening.

There will be eight hibachi stations inside the restaurant, each one seating up to eight people.

Workers are also building a large outdoor patio, which overlooks the small body of water next to the property. The patio will also feature two large hibachi stations, as well as offering an additional 32 seats for diners.

“It will be amazing” Yang said.