Endo settled for testing Honda S-800s, one of the first sports cars in Japan. After five years of driving for Honda at Japanese test tracks, Endo opened a German-style restaurant called Rhine in Tokyo. In 1979, Endo moved to Seattle and cooked at Japanese restaurants in Seattle. When Endo heard of a business opportunity in downtown Tacoma, he opened Fujiya. Endo's great food and charming demeanor earned Fujiya the Tacoma News Tribune's Golden Fork for dining excellence in 1991.