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.