Kobe Steak House of Japan started as one man’s dream of the American success story. Nearly 30 years ago Kumeo Komazaki, known to his many friends and customers as “Koma”, moved to the United States from his native Japan. He had trained as a chef in Japan at the Imperial Palace Hotel and although successful, he realized he had no opportunity to own a business in his native country.
Koma’s first chef experience in the United States was with the Benihana Corporation in New York City. He admired the business concept practiced by Benihana and the model for Kobe Steak House of Japan was envisioned. Koma had always been uncomfortable in New York because the population seemed unfriendly and the crime rate was concerning so he began a search for a new city in which to start his business. As luck is sometimes better than skill, he noticed the name of the city Wichita, Kansas on a box of beef delivered to Benihana and the rest of the story has been a part of Wichita history for the past quarter of a century.
The friendly bustling atmosphere of Wichita and Koma’s dedication to hard work combined to make KOBE a very popular dining destination. As this popularity grew he was able to open successful restaurants in St Louis, MO in 1991 and Omaha, NE in 1996.
Wichita – 8760 West 21st St
8760 West 21st St Wichita Kansas 67205
(316) 558-3331 Phone
(316) 686-5815 Fax
Mon thru Thurs 5:30 to 9:00
Friday 5:00 to 10:00
Saturday 4:30 to 10:00
Sunday 4:30 to 8:30