The first Todai Restaurant opened in Santa Monica in 1985. By 1997, ten Todai Restaurants were in business in major Southern California cities such as Glendale, Orange, Woodland Hills, and Studio City. Recognizing the potential for growth and the viability of a International seafood & sushi buffet business concept, several investors formed Todai Franchising, LLC in 1997 and began franchising the concept. In 1998, TFL was restructured under the new leadership of Mr. Hans Kim as CEO. Under his leadership, the Company opened the first company-owned store in San Jose, CA in 1998 and the first overseas store in Hong Kong in 2002. In 2006, TFL assigned its intellectual property as well as franchisor rights to Todai SSB, Inc. Todai SSB, Inc. continues to grow the Todai concept, bringing new Todai Restaurants worldwide, from Beijing, China to Seoul Korea.

As of April 2009, there are twenty-three Todai restaurants operating worldwide, including Hawaii, Las Vegas, Hong Kong,


1985 Todai opens 1st location in southern California and introduces the concept of All-You-Can Eat Sushi & Seafood Buffet
1997 10 Todai Restaurants are opened in major Southern California cities
1998 Todai opens first company-owned store in San Jose, California
1999 Todai opens first out-of-state location in Honolulu, Hawaii
2000 Todai is opened in Portland, Oregon and Houston, Texas
2003 1st international Todai opens in Hong Kong as Todai begins franchising overseas
2004 Todai opens in Fairfax, Virginia
2005 Todai introduces Toby's E-club, an online customer loyalty program to promote to frequent diners of Todai
2006 Todai Daechi opened in Seoul, Korea (1st Todai in South Korea)
2007 Todai Samsungdong COEX opened in Seoul, Korea
2008 Todai Bejing opened in China (1st Todai in China)
Todai Seomyeon opened in Busan, Korea
Todai Mokdong opened in Seoul, Korea
Todai Cheonan opened in Korea

Todai Myoungdong opened in Seoul, Korea
Todai Joenju opened in Korea
Todai Centum City in Busan, Korea
Todai Junggae in Korea
Todai Gwangju in Korea
Todai Pyeongchon in Korea


Todai Bundang in Korea
Todai Daejeon in Korea
Todai Joenju opened in Korea
Todai Qingdao in China


Todai Singapore


As of May, 2011, Todai runs 24 restaurants worldwide.