1st Outlet of Yoshinoya, in Tsukiji Market, to Close After 59 Yrs

Economy

Tokyo, Sept. 19 (Jiji Press)--The first Yoshinoya "gyudon" beef-on-rice bowl restaurant, located within Tokyo's Tsukiji wholesale market, will close on Oct. 6, ending a 59-year history due to the relocation of the market.

The Tsukiji outlet is known for keeping serving gyudon by using domestic beef between 2004 and 2006, when the dish disappeared from other outlets of the Yoshinoya Co. chain across Japan as imports of U.S. beef were banned due to an outbreak of mad cow disease.

Yoshinoya, the main arm of Yoshinoya Holdings Co. <9861>, started out in 1899 as a privately run eatery in a fish market in the Nihonbashi district of the capital. It moved to Tsukiji, in then Kyobashi Ward and now Chuo Ward, in 1926 in line with the relocation of the fish market following the Great Kanto Earthquake. But it burned down in the Great Tokyo Air Raids in 1945 during World War II.

Yoshinoya resumed its restaurant operation in the Tsukiji market in 1947 and relocated it to the current place tens of meters away within the market in 1959, after Yoshinoya's incorporation the previous year.

Yoshinoya Holdings regards the relocated Tsukiji outlet as the first Yoshinoya gyudon shop.

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