Edo Japan 1979

1979

Welcome to Edo Japan

The first Edo Japan is opened in Calgary, Alberta by Reverend Susumu Ikuta, a Japanese Buddhist minister who came up with the idea of serving traditional Teppan-style meals with a signature teriyaki sauce (a recipe that remains a closely guarded secret even today).

Reverend Susumu Ikuta

1981

We expand

Edo Japan reaches Edmonton with the opening of a restaurant at Heritage Mall.

Tom Donaldson

1999

We grow

Reverend Ikuta leaves the organization after being appointed Bishop of the Buddhist Churches of Canada. Tom Donaldson is hired as CEO, transforming Edo Japan from a “mom and pop” operation into a thriving franchise.

Our first street store

2002

We hit the streets

We launch our first street front restaurant to meet consumer demand by offering dine-in or take-out service in a contemporary and casual restaurant setting.

Plated sushi

2006

We offer sushi

Edo Japan introduces a selection of sushi items at all mall locations.

100th restaurant opens

2011

We hit 100

We open our 100th restaurant at Namao Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

2014

We go bronze

Edo Japan wins bronze at the Canadian Franchise Association Awards of Excellence in Franchising.

Plated sushi

2015

We are simply better

Edo Japan is named a Canadian Franchise Association "Franchisees’ Choice" for the fifth consecutive year.

Dave Minett becomes CEO

2016

New leadership

Tom Donaldson retires and Dave Minnett becomes the President and CEO.

New fresh take concept store opens

2018

Hello Manitoba

We open our first restaurant in Manitoba, at CF Polo Park in Winnipeg.

2018

We deliver

We begin partnering with delivery services such as SkipTheDishes, Door Dash and Uber Eats to bring Edo straight to your doorstep.

2019

We continue expanding

We open two more locations in Manitoba, three in Ontario, nine in Alberta and one in British Columbia.

2019

We add convenience

Canadian Franchise Association TM Member - 25 year milestone

2020

We reach franchise milestones

We celebrate 25 years as a member of the CFA Franchise Association and we're selected as a CFA Franchisees' Choice Designee for the 10th consecutive year.

2020

Taste the talk (by the bottle)

We’re famous for our teriyaki sauce, and now we’ve bottled it – opening up endless possibilities for customers to enjoy adding our signature sauce to their favourite at-home dishes.

Today

We expand East

We are growing rapidly in Ontario and a number of franchising opportunities are available.