After its acquisition by private equity firm The Walnut Group in late 2006, Stir Crazy is powered by some heavy hitters: chairman Frederic Mayerson was a cofounder of Chi Chi's Mexican Restaurants, CEO Michael Strauss created Harry's Pacific Grill and president and COO Greg Carey is a former COO of P.F. Chang's China Bistro. That last credential is particularly relevant for Stir Crazy, a full-service casual concept that features Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese food with a focus on fresh, quality ingredients and bold flavors. Six units are scheduled to open this year.

LocationChicago, Ill.
2007 Systemwide Sales$36,000,000*
% Change in Sales20.0%
2007 U.S. Units11
% Change in Units22.2%
2007 Average Unit Volume$3,600,000
% Change in AUV9.1%
Future 50 Year2008