In 1968, a young Chicago couple traveled to Japan. When they returned to America, they brought with them a new business partnership and a loyal friendship. Through this friendship, they created a new and iconic style of Japanese restaurant that would invigorate the Chicago dining scene.
Just months after meeting Ron Shimosawa at his restaurant in Osaka, the concept for Ron of Japan was already progressing. Authentic Japanese artwork, woodwork and the flat iron grill plates that set the stage for this new culinary magic were shipped from Osaka to Chicago.
Ron of Japan opened on Ontario Street, where the chefs and staff became an intrinsic part of the dining experience. By 1970, Shimosawa had a flourishing American outpost to complement his legendary Japanese restaurant. Like his own bold and charismatic personality, Ron of Japan became a magnet for the experience, entertainment and culinary exhibition that comes with sharing a table with friends.
The Teppanyaki style became an occasion for the enjoyment of a more social form of formal dining, where the skilled maneuvers and cooking techniques of the talented chefs brought a new breed of enjoyment to the table as well as to the cuisine itself.
While new in concept, yet familiar in its welcoming ambiance, Ron of Japan’s success owed thanks to its matron, Chieko Shito, who emphasized the Japanese element through an unparalleled devotion to her customers with a sense of honor and unforgettable kindness.
Now in its fifth decade, Ron of Japan continues to bring a passion for perfect steak with traditional seafood favorites, where patrons enjoy the innovative cooking eccentricities and hospitality that make Ron of Japan an experience best shared with others.