Founded over 30 years ago in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the very first Edo Japan restaurant started with the simple idea of serving traditional Japanese Teppan-style meals using fresh, quality ingredients and our signature Teriyaki sauce (a recipe that remains a closely guarded secret even today).
Since then we've become one of Canada's fastest growing restaurants, with over 100 Edo Japan food court and storefront locations across the country, serving food that's still fresh and delicious.
The first Edo Japan is opened in Calgary, Alberta by 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).
Edo Japan reaches Edmonton with the opening of a location at Heritage Mall.
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.
The Ikuta Family fully retires from the business and Tom Donaldson becomes the sole owner the company.
Edo Japan launches our first “Street Front” location to meet consumer demand by offering dine-in or take-out service in a contemporary and casual restaurant setting.
Edo Japan introduces a selection of sushi items at all mall locations.
Edo Japan opens its 100th restaurant at Namao Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
Tom Donaldson is chosen as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner in the Hospitality and Tourism division.
Edo Japan wins bronze at the Canadian Franchise Association Awards of Excellence in Franchising.
Edo Japan is named a Canadian Franchise Association "Franchisees’ Choice" for the fifth consecutive year.