In the summer of 2003, Chris Simms and Roshan Mendis opened Lazy Dog Café, a rustic eatery inspired by Simms’ Wyoming lodge vacations, in Orange County, California. The café was a hit, and today the pair have eight locations throughout California. Lazy Dog Café is known for its large portions and a wide-ranging cuisine—from classic comfort food like pot roast to beach fare such as seared ahi tuna tacos. For Simms, entrepreneurship runs in the family: his father, Tom Simms, is the proprietor of Mimi’s Café, a chain with locations in 24 states.
|2010 Systemwide Sales||$25,500,000*|
|% Change in Sales||55.5%|
|2010 U.S. Units||7|
|% Change in Units||40.0%|
|2010 Average Unit Volume||$4,300,000*|
|% Change in AUV||3.7%|
|Future 50 Year||2011|