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For The Media Minded
Watch as Co-Owners, Tom Jones and Executive Chef Willy Okimoto,
cook up some special Tonkatsu with Trini on KHON2 Living 808, Hawaii's Kitchen,
while Tom tells how this New Jersey native came to be a Japanese restauranteur
here on the island.
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The culinary entrepreneur behind Gyotaku
In the early 1970’s, Thomas Jones was a high school kid serving cheeseburgers to tourists on the New Jersey boardwalk. Today he’s a co-owner of a top-ranked chain, Gyotaku Japanese Restaurants.
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Gyotaku may have invented the Poke Bowl
Kimura says: In 2007, I put the poke bowl claim out on social media, and friends and followers quickly piped up that they swore they could get poke bowls at Gyotaku more than seven years ago.
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Co-owner, Tom Jones, tells Kim Gennaula, Host of Founders & Visionaries, the story of how the chain of Gyotaku restaurants developed and grew across Oahu. This interview first aired on KHON.
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2014 Founders and Visionaries
Thomas Jones and Nobutaka “Tony” Sato, decided to continue the Japanese family restaurant concept under a new brand, Gyotaku.
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On OCTOBER 29, 2012, the Hawaii Restaurant Association inducted a new group of individuals to the 2012 Hall of Fame. Inductees, introduced at the evening’s gala celebration, to be held at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, included:
• Tom Jones, Gyotaku Japanese Restaurants, Oahu
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The Green Channel on Oceanic Time Warner Cable
Crystal Lee reports: Gyotaku pioneers in company recycling program.
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Gyotaku Leads the Way in Local Business Recycling
At Gyotaku Japanese restaurant, sweet potato haupia pie is not the only item in high demand. In fact, some of their waste materials can be valuable as well.
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Hawaii Reporter
Tom Jones of Gyotaku Japanese Restaurant named Small Business Person of 2005. This and other awards presented at Small Business Hawaii Annual Conference.
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