Sizzler was founded in 1958 by Del and Helen Johnson in Culver City, California. The original name was Del’s Sizzler Family Steak House. The Johnson’s wanted to offer a full-scale restaurant type of experience, but with very low prices. To cut costs, many locations had their own butchers who cut steaks from sides of beef and ground their own hamburger meat.
After recovering from bankruptcy in 1996, the restaurant chain was down to 70 locations, down from its high of 210. The restaurant offers mainly steak, seafood, hamburgers, and salad bars.
Sizzler was sold to Pacific Equity Partners in 2005. In 2011, USA Management Group, lead by the CEO of Sizzler, purchased the company back from Pacific Equity Partners. Sizzler has locations in 6 countries and these remain owned by Pacific Equity Partners. As of 2017, the company boasts 270 restaurants, an all time high.