Co-Founder, CEO, Lazy Dog Restaurants
WHY: Launched, leads casual dining chain, mountain cabin vibe; dogs welcome; 2003 co-founder Gabe Caliendo; two years ago expanded C-suite, additional investment by owner Brentwood Associates, to double to 50 restaurants, $300M revenue; No. 13 OC-based chain. Chris the son of OC restaurateur Tom Simms.
RECENT: Planning or recently opened locations in Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Colorado Springs.
NOTABLE: Has about three dozen locations open or in development—up 10 from two years ago, when recent push began.