Though not the sole Japanese restaurant that opened in Billings in the late 1970s (Miyajima Gardens, a teppanyaki grill, opened in the southwest corridor around the same time), Yoko's Hibachi Pot was still one of the only options for diners looking for Japanese cuisine in Billings for a number of years. Unlike Billings' current hibachi restaurants, the food at Yoko's was cooked in the back kitchen, rather than on a grill in front of the customers. By the late 1980s, owners Yoko and Takashi Sasaki had moved out of Billings. The restaurant changed owners and names not long before closing. The Bookie Casino sits in the space once occupied by Yoko's.