* Q1 total sales $100.2 mln vs est $96.9 mln
* Q1 same-restaurant sales rise 2.4 pct
Aug 2 Benihana Inc BNHN.O, an operator of
Japanese-themed restaurants, reported better-than-expected
quarterly sales, helped by higher traffic at its flagship
Benihana teppanyaki brand.
For the first quarter, Benihana, which runs teppanyaki and
sushi restaurants, said total sales rose 5 percent to $100.2
million. Same-restaurant sales increased 2.4 percent, the
Benihana teppanyaki, which accounted for 65 percent of
total restaurant sales, saw a 3.4 percent increase in guest
Analysts on average expected sales of $96.9 million,
according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Last month, Benihana said it was considering a sale of the
company after unhappy shareholders threatened to seek board
seats to change how the restaurant chain conducts its business.
Shares of the Miami-based company closed at $6.75 Friday on
(Reporting by Swati Chitnis in Bangalore; Editing by Anne