|1962||April||Our predecessor company, Kotobuki Foods Ltd. is founded|
|1969||July||Restructured from a private limited company to a joint-stock company, Kotobuki Foods Co., Ltd..|
|1970||July||First "Skylark" restaurant (Kunitachi store) opened in Fuchu-shi, Tokyo.|
|1974||November||Trade name changed from Kotobuki Foods Co., Ltd. to Skylark Co., Ltd..|
|1977||December||Central Kitchen Higashimatsuyama Factory (currently Higashimatsuyama Merchandising Center) established in Higashimatsuyama-shi, Saitama.|
|1978||July||Registered as over-the-counter issues with Japan Securities Dealers Association.|
|1979||August||First "Tomato and Onion"restaurant (Sogyo store) opens.|
|1979||December||Kansai Distribution Center opens in Nishinomiya-shi, Hyogo.|
|1980||April||First "Jonathan" restaurant (Nerima Takamatsu store) opens.|
|1982||January||First Taiwan FC opened as franchise (currently Taiwan Skylark Co., Ltd.).|
|1982||August||Listed in the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.|
|1983||November||First "Aiya" restaurant (Yono Bypass store) opens .|
|1984||June||Designated to the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.|
|1985||October||Subsidiary Japan Cargo Co., Ltd. founded.|
|1986||April||First "Bamiyan"restaurant (Tsurukawa store) opens.|
|1987||March||Kansai Factory (currently Nishinomiya Merchandising Center) established in Nishinomiya-shi, Hyogo|
|1987||October||Subsidiary company managing french cuisine restaurants, FLO Japon Co., Ltd. is founded.|
|1987||December||NILAX Inc. is established under joint venture with Shin-Nittetsu Group|
|1988||April||Aiya Akishima Fresh Center (currently Akishima Merchandising Center) is established in Akishima-shi, Tokyo.|
|1988||May||Maebashi factory established in Maebashi-shi, Gunma.|
|1991||May||Bamiyan Fujioka factory (currently Fujioka Merchandising Center) is established in Fujioka-shi, Gunma.|
|1992||March||First "Gusto" restaurant (Kodaira store) opens.|
|1992||May||Shisuii factory (currently Shisui Merchandising Center) is established in Inbagun, Chiba.|
|1994||January||First "Yumean" restaurant (Shinyurigaoka store) opens.|
|1998||March||Kanagawa factory (currently Sagamihara Merchandising Center) is established in Sagamiharashi, Kanagawa.|
|1998||April||Subsidiary company that manages store maintenance, Japan C&C Co., Ltd. (currently Skylark D&M Co., Ltd.) is founded.|
|1998||June||"Room Service" starts in Gusto Kodaira Megurita restaurant.|
|1998||December||First "Jyu-Jyu Karubi" restaurant (Itami Horiike store) opens.|
|1999||June||First "Totoyamichi" (Nerima Kasugacho store) opens.|
|2001||January||First "S Gusto"(Akasaka store) opens.|
|2001||March||First "Grazie Gardens"(Omiya Owada store) opens.|
|2001||May||Gifu factory (currently Gifu Merchandising Center) is established in Kanigun, Gifu.|
|2001||November||Kitakyushu factory (currently Kitakyushu Merchandising Center) is established in Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka.|
|2001||December||First "Gusto" restaurant opens in Okinawa (Gusto Naha Shintoshin store). The group has succeeded in opening restaurants in all 47 prefectures in Japan.|
|2003||April||NILAX Inc. made into wholly owned subsidiary.|
|2003||May||Sendai factory (currently Sendai Merchandising Center) is established in Kurokawagun, Miyagi.|
|2003||November||"Gusto" restaurant opens its 1000th store in Teramachi, Hachioji|
|2006||March||Tomato and Associates Co., Ltd. is made subsidiary.|
|2006||June||Takeover bid (MBO) for Skylark Co., Ltd. is announced.|
|2006||September||Skylark delisted from the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange|
|2007||May||First "Shabuyo"(Yokohama store) opens.|
|2008||August||Makoto Tani is appointed President & Chief Executive Officer|
|2009||October||"Skylark" restaurants completely close (Last restaurant to close: Kawaguchi Shingo store)|
|2010||March||First "Steak Gusto"(Yamato store) opens.|
|2013||January||Ralph Alvarez becomes Director and Chairman|
|2014||October||Skylark listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.|
|2015||March||First "MUSASHINO MORI COFFEE"(Mutsukawa store) opens.|
|2015||April||First "Miwami"restaurant (LaLaPort Fujimi store) opens.|
|2015||April||First "chawan" restaurant opens in LaLaPort Tokyo Bay.|
|2015||May||First "Syabuyo" restaurant opens in Taiwan.|
|2015||September||First "Yumean Shokudo" restaurant (Chofu store) opens.|
|2016||January||Shift to Holding Company system|
|2016||June||First "Tonkaratei" restaurant (Souka Yanagishima store) opens.|
|2016||August||First "Katsukyu" restaurant (Yamato Tsuruma store) opens.|
|2017||June||First "La Ohana" restaurant (Yokohama Honmoku store) opens.|
|2017||October||First "Karayoshi" restaurant (Saitama Saido store) opens.|
Our brand name "Skylark" comes from the image of the skylark bird flying high into the clear blue sky.
Our predecessor company, Kotobuki Foods Ltd. started in 1962 in Hodogaya-shi (currently Nishitokyo-shi) as a small dry food store in the corner of the Hibarigaoka (translated as skylark) Housing Complex. In 1970, when the group opened its first Skylark Family Restaurant in Fuchu-shi, Kunitachi, they named the restaurant Skylark so as not to forget their spirit of entrepreneurship.
'Gusto' in spanish means 'to like' and 'to enjoy tasting'. We offer a casual home-like dining experience with great tasting food at affordable prices.
The name comes from the ancient city of Bamiyan in Afghanistan. Bamiyan is a city that existed along the ancient silk road, a city where eastern and western culture merged. It was a trading hub and also a place where merchants stopped to rest after travelling from afar. Bamiyan restaurants aspire to become a place where people gather, rest and have a great time.
Jonathan's has been inspired by the all american coffee shop. The restaurant has been named after a popular boy's name in America with the aim of becoming a casual restaurant with a friendly atmosphere providing food and services at affordable prices.
The restaurant was named after Ryu Keiichiro's novel "Ichimuan furyuki". The main character in the novel is a man who was modern with a unique sense of beauty, who disliked catering to powerful or authoritative figures and always had an objective view of society. Yume-an is an embodiment of this concept, a slightly fancy restaurant where people can dress up and have a unique experience at affordable prices.
The restaurant concept is 'Casual Feast'. Named for serving delicious steak and humburger dihes with a generous salad bar in the casual dining atmosphere like Gusto.
'Grazie' means 'Thank you' in italian. Our logo comes from the 'G' in Grazie. We serve authentic pasta and pizza made after the order is taken. We also have a variety of antipasto and salads using seasonal vegetables and produce and serve all our dishes at affordable prices.
'Ai' is the color indigo in Japanese, and the restaurant name comes from the chinese proverb 'Although blue dye comes from the indigo plant、it is bluer than indigo' (meaning the student may outgrow the teacher). This name was chosen in the hope that Aiya will grow and exceed its 'teacher' -Skylark.
The 'S' in S Gusto stands for 'Select', 'Special', 'Small', 'Speed' and 'Smile'. We are a fast food restaurant, located near train stations within the Tokyo metropolitan area and serve our original fast food menu including our signature Hamburger dishes.
During the Edo era, fresh fish caught in the waters of Fukae, Hyogo was carried by merchants over the steep Rokko mountains to the Arima Onsen (Hotsprings). This path became known as the 'Totoyamichi' (Totoya path). Our restaurant was named after this path, where merchants worked hard to deliver fresh fish to the guests staying at the onsen and also because it symbolizes our quest to search for fresh and great tasting food.