Eric Anders and Ofer Shemtov, who met while working in Los Angeles restaurants and "felt that they could do it better," made their dream a reality when they acted on a "cocktail napkin business plan" and opened the first Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill in Moorpark, California, in 1992. They've since opened 10 more stores in California, many of them awarded top pick in area newspaper reader's choice contests. While tri-tip BBQ is the most popular item on the menu, there's also chicken and seafood and sides like peanut coleslaw and smashed sweet potatoes.

LocationAgoura Hill, Calif.
2007 Systemwide Sales ($000)$29,000,000*
YOY Sales Change11.5%
2007 U.S. Units11
YOY Unit Change10.0%
2007 Average Unit Volume ($000)$2,700,000
Future 50 Year2008
*Technomic estimate

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