The Japanese and sushi restaurant chain will open RA Sushi Barsin Houston and South Miami, FL, a Haru Sushi unit in Boston and aBenihana restaurant in Plymouth Meeting, PA. The Houston unit willopen in spring 2008, with the others opening late this year.

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"Each site offers compelling demographics, and we are confidentthat over time, our customers will learn to appreciate our menuquality as well as the comfortable and inviting dining experiencewe offer across all of our brands. We look forward to building along and successful relationship in each community," said Joel A.Schwartz, president, in the press release announcing the deals.

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The locations span retail formats from lifestyle centers tostreet-fronts and a regional mall. The Houston Ra Sushi Bar will belocated in City Center, a 30-acre, mixed-use project adjacent toTown and Country Village lifestyle center. The South Miami unitwill be on the ground floor of a multi-story parking garage.

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The Boston Haru sushi will be located in the Prudential Center,the mixed-use complex in the city's Back Bay. The Benihanateppanyaki restaurant will open in the Plymouth Meeting Mall.

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Earlier in the fiscal year, the company had said it would expandits three concepts slowly, with a focus on growing Ra Sushi to asmany as 100 units. For fiscal 2008, the plan was to open two tofour Benihanas and six to eight Ra Sushi units.

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As of Jan. 8, the company operated 79 restaurants nationwide,including 59 teppanyaki restaurants, seven Haru sushi restaurants,and 13 RA Sushi Bar restaurants.

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