Black Angus Steakhouse as founded in 1964 by Stuart Anderson. When Anderson first opened his restaurant, he offered a steak, soup or salad, along with a baked potato for $2.99. Customers lined up outside. Anderson used his name in his restaurant and was a frequent visitor. The price didn’t include dessert or drinks, which is where Anderson says he made most of his money. He continued to run the company until 1987, after five consecutive years of his restaurants being named the top steakhouse chain in the nation that Anderson retired. Anderson even wrote a book after he retired, called “Corporate Cowboy,” the story of how he built a restaurant empire that became a national company with 10,000 employees and annual revenue of $260 million. Anderson passed away in 2016.
As of April of 2017, there were 45 locations, with 31 of them being in California.