Yoshinoya's First Outlet Closes in Tsukiji Market

Society Lifestyle Economy

Tokyo, Oct. 6 (Jiji Press)--The first Yoshinoya "gyudon" beef-on-rice bowl restaurant, located inside Tokyo's Tsukiji wholesale food market, closed its doors for the last time on Saturday, ending its 59-year-old history, due to the relocation of the famed market.

Many customers stood in line in front of the restaurant from the early morning to have a bowl on the final day.

"I came here because it is the last day," a man in his 40s from Hachioji, western Tokyo, said. "I had to wait nearly an hour, but the dish was good."

Yoshinoya Co., now the main arm of Yoshinoya Holdings Co. <9861>, started out as a family business in 1899 in a fish market in Tokyo's Nihonbashi district.

After moving to Tsukiji in 1926, it was burned down in the 1945 U.S. air raids on the capital during World War II. Yoshinoya restarted the restaurant in 1947 and relocated to the current location in 1959. The outlet became a basis for the sprawling Yoshinoya chain.

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