This quickservice chain specializes in traditional Japanese cuisine served at a value price in a casual, friendly environment. Founders Dan Burns and Yon Suk Lipsky opened the first SanSai in 2002 in Glendale, California. The concept initially expanded in Southern California and entered Missouri in 2003. Billed as a fusion of Eastern food and spirit with American service and convenience, SanSai offers better-for-you salads, plates, bowls and sushi made with fresh ingredients. Signature dishes include Oriental salad, linguine salad with Thai dressing, spicy chicken plate with charbroiled marinated chicken, tempura bowl and seared ahi tuna sashimi salad. 

LocationLos Angeles, Calif.
2009 Systemwide Sales$30,000,000*
% Change in Sales15.4%
2009 U.S. Units39
% Change in Units14.7%
2009 Average Unit Volume$825,000*
% Change in AUV0.0%
Future 50 Year2010