Uncle Tetsu Japanese Cheesecake, recently purchased by Panda Restaurant Group, will open its first U.S. location at the Royal Hawaiian Center.
Tetsushi Mizokami established the company in Hakata, Japan, in 1985 and makes his cakes with a signature stamp on top.
Japanese-style cheesecake is lighter in texture than its western counterparts, and Tetsu’s cheesecakes and other baked goods as well as teas now are served in 80 locations around the world.
“Expanding into the U.S. has been a dream for our family-owned business and we are honored to have the chance to grow our fan base here in Honolulu,” Mizokami said, in a statement.
Panda Restaurant Group founders Andrew and Peggy Cherng plan to expand the Uncle Tetsu’s brand across the U.S.
“Through this partnership we will offer our Panda insight and culture-building expertise to help make Uncle Tetsu Japanese Cheesecake the go-to destination for authentic Asian dessert options,” Andrew Cherng said. The company will open a second U.S. Uncle Tetsu’s location in Arcadia, California, later this year.
Panda Restaurant Group also owns and operates restaurant chains including Panda Express, Panda Inn and Hibachi-San.
Cheesecake Factory, known for its heavier, American-style cheesecakes, savory selections and large portions, has been operating at the same center for more than a decade.