In this chain’s contemporary-rustic lodges, smoky aromas from a large stone fireplace prime customers for dishes like seasoned steaks grilled over the open flame. Partners Dennis Thompson, Douglas Glendenning, Mark Wattles and Leslie Rudd plan eight more locations in the next three years.

LocationCharlotte, N.C.
2006 Systemwide Sales$38,000,000
% Change in Sales26.7%
2006 U.S. Units12
% Change in Units0.0%
2006 Average Unit Volume$3,200,000
% Change in AUV3.2%
Future 50 Year2007