sidore Boudin opened his namesake San Francisco bakery in 1849, with the recipe and mother dough starter to make “Original San Francisco Sourdough French Bread” still used at Boudin bakeries today. Master baker Steve Giraudo Sr. purchased the bakery from the Boudin family in 1941, saving it from bankruptcy, and it remains owned by his family. In 1984 company focus turned to the Boudin Bakery & Cafe concept, starting the fast-casual chain. Besides an array of artisan breads and nonfood items (available for online and in-store purchase), the cafes serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in a family-friendly atmosphere. Soups, salads, sandwiches and sourdough pizzas are available. (Boudin SF and Bistro Boudin have larger menus, including hot sandwiches, beer and wine.) Boudin Bakery & Cafe operates under Andre Boudin Bakery, Inc.

LocationSan Francisco, Calif.
2012 Systemwide Sales$48,000,000*
% Change in Sales20.0%
2012 U.S. Units22
2012 Average Unit Volume$2,200,000*
% Change in AUV10.0%
Future 50 Year2013