The restaurant, the idea of former world champion Hideyuki Ohashi [大橋 秀行], opened today with the Ohashi Gym stable taking part in the opening of the restaurant. Part of that opening ceremony saw popular fighter Akira Yaegashi [八重樫東] serving Mr Ohashi and former world champion Katsushige Kawashima [川嶋勝重] some of the food.
The idea of the restaurant is to help give active fighters part-time jobs and retired fighters a job when they have left boxing, something that the JBC have been pushing in recent times with Tomonobu Shimizu [清水 智信] also talking about something similar, though his idea was to try and generate agricultural jobs for the former fighters.
Whether the restaurant will be a major success or not seems unclear but with famous fighters serving meal we suspect that the restaurant will become a popular attraction, with both fighters and fight fans and may well be one of the best places to meet fighters away from the ring.
Although the idea might seem silly it's a solid idea in a way and helps keep people busy, with jobs being relatively hard to find for some former fighters. If it is a success we suspect similar places will begin to open across the country with various promoters following in Ohashi's footsteps.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)