"Life's too short for mediocrity," says this chain, which has 45 sites in operation this year located largely in the West and Southwest, as well as in Virginia and Ireland. Franchising efforts are targeted nationally in the United States and in the U.K. and Ireland.

LocationSan Francisco, Calif.
2007 Systemwide Sales$27,100,000*
% Change in Sales10.6%
2007 U.S. Units33
% Change in Units37.5%
2007 Average Unit Volume$935,000*
% Change in AUV-1.6%
Future 50 Year2008