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BENIHANA NATIONAL REPORTS FIRST QUARTER GAINS

 MIAMI, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Benihana National Corp. (NASDAQ: BNHN, BNHNA), today reported a gain in net income of 22.7 percent on an increase of 8.8 percent in restaurant sales for the first quarter ended July 18, 1993, compared to the same period last year. The company's fiscal year consists of 13 four-week accounting periods ending on the Sunday nearest March 31.
 BENIHANA NATIONAL CORPORATION
 Comparative Analysis
 (unaudited)
 For the four periods ended 7/18/93 7/19/92
 Net restaurant sales $12,330,399 $11,337,717
 Restaurant costs & expenses 11,116,389 10,221,813
 Income before income taxes 349,132 311,646
 Income tax provision 27,932 49,864
 Net income 321,200 261,782
 Net income per share $.06 $.05
 Wtd. avg. shares outstanding 5,732,011 5,730,748
 "The opening of our Schaumburg, Ill., restaurant in July 1992, plus effective cost management and a slowly improving economy are contributing to continuing operating gains," Joel Schwartz, president, said. "Same store sales rose approximately 5 percent compared to last year's first quarter," he noted.
 Benihana National owns and operates 21 Teppanyaki-style restaurants and licenses two additional units.
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 /CONTACT: Joel Schwartz of Benihana National, 305-593-0770/
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