By Courtney Walsh, West Coast Editor
It takes a special minded individual to open and operate a successful restaurant concept, but to operate five unique and independent concepts requires something else entirely. For Manhattan Beach based restaurateur Mike Simms, however, running a restaurant was second nature. After all, for the third generation restaurant operator, restaurants are in his blood.
With a grandfather, father and brother all pioneers in the restaurant industry, the Simms Restaurant Group really is a family affair. Entering into the South Bay restaurant scene in 2009 with both Tin Roof Bistro, a local wine bistro, and Simmzy's, a beachside gastropub, Mike's original concepts were a complete hit in the sleepy beach community. Only two years later, Simms partnered with Michelin Starred Chef David Lefevre, opening three unique concepts over the the past five years: MB Post, a small plate, upscale eatery, Fishing With Dynamite, a New England-style fish shack, and just last month The Arthur J, a modern steakhouse dedicated to the memory of his restaurateur grandfather.
Here we sit down with the restaurateur and family man to hear his keys to success in an ever-changing industry.Read More