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Japan’s iconic, DIY teppanyaki chain Pepper Lunch coming to Tampa, Orlando and Gainesville

Starting on the bustling streets in the outskirts of Tokyo nearly three decades ago, Pepper Lunch embarked on a culinary journey, blending traditional Japanese cooking with a modern do-it-yourself dining experience.

apan’s iconic, DIY teppanyaki chain Pepper Lunch coming to Tampa, Orlando and Gainesville

Pepper Lunch, the Japanese-born experiential fast-casual concept unlike any other, with more than 500 locations in 15 countries, has announced it has signed an agreement for its newest U.S. location just outside of Tampa.

Located at 4699 Park Blvd. in Pinellas Park, this marks the first Florida location for Pepper Lunch. With an estimated opening date of September 2024, the new Pepper Lunch location on Park Blvd. will be owned and operated by the local Majestic Restaurant Group, which has signed on to develop 10 units over the next five years in and around the Tampa, Orlando and Gainesville markets.

Other than the soon to open Pinellas Park location, no locations have been revealed for the 9 secondry locations.

The Majestic Restaurant Group operates nearly a dozen sushi, poke and dumpling restaurants including the acclaimed Zukku Sushi, which has a location in Tampa.

Established in 1994, Pepper Lunch is one of Japan’s largest homegrown franchise restaurant brands with over 500 locations in 15 countries. Renowned for quality food served in a unique and innovative way for dining in or delivery, and with guest being able to get in, dine, and be on their way in 20 minutes for under $20, the beloved Japanese-based brand seeks experienced franchise partners to expand its proven business model and cutting-edge customer offerings across the United States.

Instead of breaking the bank on expensive yakiniku Japanese BBQ, American diners continue to fall in love with Pepper Lunch’s affordable teppanyaki-style concept that presents the novel menu of sizzling Steaks, Curry Rice, Teriyaki and Pasta-based dishes, and don’t forget the signature Pepper Rice on the brand’s patented hot iron plate. At Pepper Lunch, each guest is the MasterChef, where they can ‘Sizzle It Your Way.’

The original Japanese D-I-Y teppan restaurant, Pepper Lunch was founded in 1994 by one of Japan’s most famous chefs and entrepreneurs who wanted to introduce affordable premium steaks with quality ingredients served on a sizzling iron plate.

Deliciously irresistible, Pepper Lunch proudly offers quality, tasty and affordable meals sourced from the finest ingredients paired with an unforgettable experience.

For more information about Pepper Lunch, please visit

apan’s iconic, DIY teppanyaki chain Pepper Lunch coming to Tampa, Orlando and Gainesville

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