Great Japanese Food at Matsukaze
It was 29 years ago that the Tamashiro family moved to Grants Pass from Honolulu, Hawaii. In August 1984 the four brothers, Jon, Peter, Kurt and Tony, along with their mother Grace, opened Matsukaze Restaurant at 1675 NE 7th Street to rave reviews.
A few years ago Grace retired, leaving the operation of the restaurant to Jon and Tony. The oldest brother, Peter, is now a mortgage broker and, along with his wife Susan, owns Platinum Financial. Kurt has been a successful realtor for many years.
"Most of us had experience in restaurants," Jon said. "Peter went to cooking school in Hawaii and worked at a number of restaurants there. I was a busser and server while in college. Interestingly, our grandfather on our dad's side immigrated to Hawaii from Okinawa and worked in the restaurant industry, eventually owning and operating his own restaurants in Hawaii. It may have skipped a generation, but cooking is in our blood."