TMAD Anticipating a Busy Fall with New Shop Openings

TMAD Anticipating a Busy Fall with New Shop Openings

Teriyaki Madness is anticipating a busy fall with new shop openings. With so many new shops in the mix, we wanted to give some insight into our diverse franchisees and where you can expect to see the next Teriyaki Madness Shops.

Shop Openings

Elko, Nevada

Gurjeet “Sam” Samra is opening his first location in Elko, Nevada! Sam has restaurant experience in owning a Little Ceasars and a liquor/convenience store. His long term goal is to own many Teriyaki Madness locations!

Projected Opening: September, 2018


Shop Openings

Daytona Beach, Florida

Chukk Mills & Brian Mogensen are opening in Daytona B

each, Florida. Chukk’s past experience includes being the Regional Director of Operations at Jimmy John’s and Panera Bread, and the Vice President of Franchise Operations at Tony Roma’s. Brian’s experience includes being an Area Director for Panera Bread and the Director of Franchise Operations at Tony Romas. Together, they own a Mellow Mushroom and have over 44 years of franchising experience. The duo will be opening more locations in the near future!

Projected Opening: September, 2018

Shop Openings

The Woodlands, Texas

Kevin Jennings will be opening his first restaurant in The Woodlands, near Houston, Texas. Kevin previously worked in the oil & gas industry and wanted to follow his dreams of owning his own business.

Projected Opening: October, 2018

TMAD as the Newest Tenant to the Woodlands Waterway Square

TMAD as the Newest Tenant to the Woodlands Waterway Square

Waterway SquareThe released a story about TMAD coming to The Woodlands (near Houston) in Texas! Franchisee, Kevin Jennings, will be opening his first shop in the upcoming months in Waterway Square. Read what the news has to say! – Teriyaki Madness as the Newest Tenant Coming to The Woodlands Waterway Square

The Howard Hughes Corporation® announces Teriyaki Madness as the newest restaurant in The Woodlands® Waterway Square® at 1501 Lake Robbins Drive. Teriyaki Madness will occupy 1,549 square feet of space. With the new addition, 1501 Lake Robbins is now 100% leased.

Teriyaki Madness brings an authentic Seattle Teriyaki House experience to The Woodlands as the fastest growing Asian restaurant concept in the nation. Big, bold bowls are what Teriyaki Madness is famous for, as guests can customize their made-to-order entrees, built with delicious flavors and ingredients starting with made-from-scratch sauces and various rice and noodle options. Entrées include fresh, stir-fried vegetables and quality proteins like all natural, fresh chicken, beef or tofu.

“We are excited to announce the new addition of the popular Teriyaki Madness at 1501 Lake Robbins in The Woodlands Waterway Square District,” said Rip Reynolds, Vice President of Retail and Commercial Land for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “This unique concept is set to open this fall and will certainly be a diverse and welcome addition to the eatery options surrounding The Woodlands Waterway®.”

Teriyaki Madness joins BurgerFi, Dance with Me, Ferrari, Texas Children’s Hospital and Xfinity at 1501 Lake Robbins Drive.

Teriyaki Madness is in 16 states across the U.S. including Texas. This is the franchise’s first location to open in The Woodlands. For more information, visit

Register-Guard: Teriyaki Madness brings fast-casual food bowls to Eugene

Register-Guard: Teriyaki Madness brings fast-casual food bowls to Eugene

We’re excited that reporter Joel Gorthy interviewed franchisee, Farhan Khan for a story featured in the “Entertainment and Life” section of The Register-Guard. Joel shared detailed information about the delicious food offered at Teriyaki Madness, as well as a brief background about Farhan and details of the opening in Eugene. Read the story below! 

Register-Guard: Franchise’s first Oregon restaurant opens in Santa Clara Square


I have a cousin whose childhood palate was so picky and plain, she took her pancakes dry without a drop of syrup or even a dollop of butter. Then through her young adult years, she ordered only teriyaki chicken at every restaurant she ever went to; she knew she could rely on most kitchens for a safe, straightforward, unsurprising treatment of the once-ubiquitous entree.


I hear that her tastes have matured over the years and she now welcomes new flavor experiences, at least within reason. Given that and her history with teriyaki, I think she would enjoy experimenting with the customizable Asian bowl-based meals available at Eugene’s new Teriyaki Madness location at 45 Division Ave., Suite J.

Local entrepreneur Farhan Khan opened the fast-casual grill — part of a fast-growing chain based in Denver — in north Eugene’s Santa Clara Square on June 17. It’s the first Oregon location for the franchised Seattle-style teriyaki house concept, which allows guests to tailor bowls to their own tastes with various rice and noodle options; protein choices including all-natural chicken, beef and tofu; more or less spice heat; and with or without stir-fried vegetables.

“With the Asian food trend continuously growing over the past decade, we’re thrilled to be giving residents of Eugene access to big, satisfying bowls filled with high-quality ingredients and mouthwatering flavors,” says Khan, a Northwest Christian University alumnus who also owns two Eugene 7-11 stores and Wayback Burgers just a few storefronts from Teriyaki Madness. “This is not your typical franchised food,” he adds of his newest venture.

Teriyaki Madness’ sauces and dressings are made from scratch in-house. Chicken potstickers and eggrolls, crab rangoon and edamame are available starters; sides include green salad and macaroni salad, the latter a staple of popular Hawaiian plate lunches that often feature chicken prepared with sweet, teriyaki-like “huli-huli” marinade and sauce.

Khan shared a couple of useful tips during my first visit to Teriyaki Madness. First, if you order the edamame, he wants you to actually enjoy the lightly steamed and salted soybeans served in the pod. The trick, he says, is to hold one end of a pod and pull it between your front teeth to dislodge the plump, tender, slightly sweet beans right into your mouth. The pods themselves are too fibrous to eat, yet Khan has noticed many first-timers gnawing on them with grim determination before realizing that they are nothing like sugar snap peas, which are best when crunched whole, crisp pod and all.

And if you get a green salad to go, it comes in a cardboard container, like Chinese food takeout, with the housemade dressing in a small plastic tub. Khan says the idea is to pour the dressing right into the box, then close it, shake it good, and reopen to reveal a perfectly, evenly dressed salad. There was a time when that cousin of mine would have skipped this step and munched, rabbit-like, from her little box of dry salad, but now I think even she would appreciate this flavor-enhancing hack.

Duck, Duck, Duck… Teriyaki!

Duck, Duck, Duck… Teriyaki!


Teriyaki Madness Opens First Shop in Eugene, Oregon

After having spent 20 years in Eugene, Farhan Khan is excited to open his fifth business and bring the Seattle-style teriyaki concept to the community. Farhan opened his first business, a sub shop, in Portland at 24-years-old after graduating from Northwest Christian University. Shortly after, he met his wife and they moved back to Eugene, where he opened up four more businesses including two convenience stores, a car rental service and a burger joint. As he’s gotten older, he’s realized the importance of healthy eating, and with Teriyaki Madness, he saw the opportunity to bring good, delicious food to the neighborhood.

“I’m really excited and impressed how well my team executed during the opening.”-Farhan Khan

We are excited to spread the Madness in the Oregon community and our fans are loving the Madness too! We are happy to see fans social media stories shared with thousands of viewers about the first ever Teriyaki Madness in Oregon, opening in Eugene.


Asian fusion grill Teriyaki Madness comes to Burlington

Asian fusion grill Teriyaki Madness comes to Burlington

The Hawk Eye featured Teriyaki Madness franchisees, Theresa & Adam Thielen talking about one of the most successful Teriyaki Madness shop openings yet! Read the full article, below!

Former funeral home directors Adam and Theresa Thielen own the chain locally

Japan has given our country amazing things: Karaoke, Godzilla, sumo wrestlers and sushi.

While we do have raw fish and California rolls in southeast Iowa and, unfortunately, karaoke, we don’t have to deal with roly-poly men in diapers or that big ugly lizard.

And now we have teriyaki, thanks to Adam and Theresa Thielen of Burlington, who opened the 51st Teriyaki Madness franchise in Burlington last week.

Teriyaki Madness is a fast-casual chain out of Las Vegas. They offer made-to-order dishes prepared with all-natural, fresh ingredients. Founded in 2003 by two brothers and a cousin who moved from Seattle to Vegas for college and were unable to find their beloved teriyaki there, they opened the first Teriyaki Madness. Burlington is the chain’s 51st store. The only other Iowa location is in Bettendorf.

The 2,000 square-foot restaurant seats 50 people indoors and created 20 new jobs.

All Teriyaki Madness sauces are made in-house, and each bowl is built separately, made to order. Everything is fresh except the potstickers, but that’s OK – Americans are acclimated to frozen potstickers. Everything else is made right there in the kitchen.

“We serve fresh bowls of awesomeness,” said Theresa. “As corny as it sounds, it’s true.”

She said some people may likely eat there all the time.

“It’s going to be pretty busy for awhile.”

The soy sauce is gluten-free and the teriyaki sauce is made in-house — and delicious. Sugar cane is used instead of corn syrup.

Many of the recipes feature chicken, moist and grilled to perfection.

Teriyaki sauce is, basically, jazzed-up soy sauce. Although both are used frequently in the same dishes, they vary in a number of ways.

Soy sauce is mostly composed of a water and salt base with the addition of fermented soybean paste. Teriyaki sauce uses soy sauce as a base, but includes a number of other ingredients to produce a sweeter flavor than soy’s saltiness: sugar, ginger and garlic are commonly used.

Teriyaki is a cooking technique in which foods are broiled or grilled with a glaze. Fish is mainly used in Japan, while chicken, pork and beef are common in the West.

The word teriyaki derives from a Japanese word “teri” referring to the luster given by the sugar content, and “yaki,” meaning grilled or broiled.

About 30 people attended Tuesday’s sneak-peek event. Theresa Thielen got a huge round of applause when introduced by TeriMad’s senior training manager, Shanlee Kasson.

“This is the biggest media event I’ve ever attended, and I’ve done 34 shops,” Kasson said.

“This is fun for us, because we’re a little new to this business,” Theresa said.

Husband Adam followed up with, “The big question is: How do you go from the funeral service to this?”

The Thielen family has a long history in the local funeral home business. Having gotten out of the funeral business, the couple was looking for something to get into when they ate at a Teriyaki Madness in Las Vegas and wondered, “Could this work in Burlington?”

Burlington“We knew we had to bring one to our hometown,” they said.

A Bob Marley poster on the restaurant’s “chatter wall” says it all: “When one door is closed, don’t you know another is open.”

Manager Bob Lessner put in 14 years with Subway before taking the TeriMad position with the Thielens.

“I drive people to Madness,” he quipped. Not literally: You’ll have to find your own way out there before he can make his magic. The restaurant is located next to All About Eyes on Lawrence Drive off West Avenue or Mason Road.

An informal poll afterward revealed teriyaki chicken was the most popular, with spicy teriyaki chicken and yakisoba noodles as runners-up.

“They were all 11 on a scale of 10,” Burlington mayor Shane McCampbell said.

Julia Thielen, 11, said, “I’ll probably eat here every day.” Her sister Claire, 9, agreed, saying her favorite was potstickers.

“The freshness of the food — I can’t believe the fresh, never-frozen chicken,” Theresa said.

“Whatever Momma said,” Adam concluded with a grin.

Hours are daily from 11:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit to see a menu or call 753-BOWL for more information.