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 ($000,000)$38,000,000
YOY Sales Change26.7%
2006 U.S. Units12
YOY Unit Change0.0%
2006 Average Unit Volume ($000)$3,200,000
Future 50 Year2007
*Technomic estimate