Stanford’s Restaurant & Bar is a contemporary casual-dining concept positioned as a comfortable neighborhood bar known for its fire-grilled offerings. The chain’s varied menu appeals to a range of guests, especially young professionals, as diners can stop in for a quick lunch or spend time relaxing during a leisurely dinner. The chain is also well known for its daily happy hour. Multi-concept operator Restaurants Unlimited Inc. oversees the chain. RUI, originally known as Pacific Coast Restaurants Inc., opened the first Stanford’s in early 1990. The company opened seven more units over the next five years. RUI is owned by Sun Capital Partners Inc. The all-day menu features appetizers such as grilled portobello mushrooms, salt-and-pepper calamari and cheesy focaccia bread; signature sandwiches, all served on freshly baked rolls, include balsamic-glazed chicken and crab and artichoke; and house specialties include chicken fajitas, beer-battered halibut fish and chips and pan-roasted garlic chicken.

LocationSeattle, Wash.
2011 Systemwide Sales$25,000,000*
% Change in Sales40.8%
2011 U.S. Units8
2011 Average Unit Volume$3,550,000
% Change in AUV0.0%
Future 50 Year2012