10.1: Celebrating 10 Years

On a small side-street in Valencia in 2000, an idea became a reality as we opened the first STONEFIRE Grill.  We began with a humble attempt to try something new in restaurant dining, and 10 years later, with 7 STONEFIRE locations, it is both unbelievable and exciting that we are the leader in the restaurant industry for fast-casual, family-style dining, takeout and catering services.  The simplicity of our concept – quality, delicious food with exceptional service and value prices – is the key to our success.  Still, there is something more that makes STONEFIRE Grill unique and our success so great.  It’s the people, the team that makes up our STONEFIRE family.  Our growth and success have been fueled by an amazing group of dedicated individuals, many of them with us for the entire 10 years.

Trent is the General Manager of our Pasadena location.  He was on the opening team in Valencia just out of high school.  Elsa started as a dishwasher with limited English in 2000 and today, she is our go-to girl, managing in both Chatsworth and Valencia and recently spending 2 months on our opening management team in Thousand Oaks.  Tig has also been with us since we opened.  He is mentally challenged and has worked for 10 years in our Valencia location bringing smiles to our faces daily with his simplicity, his humor and his honest approach to life that supersedes language barriers, cultural differences and personalities.

My stories are endless, my team irreplaceable.

It has been an amazing journey these past 10 years.  We have come to know different communities spanning Southern California and have gone from a team of 50 to a team of over 500.  We have developed friendships and relationships in each new community we have entered, because it has always been about you, our guest, the STONEFIRE Team and what we are collectively.  With food as our vehicle, we touch each other’s lives and share. We are so proud of our relationships in each community, and we look forward to the future as we continue to grow.

As we celebrate our 10 year anniversary, we also celebrate our beautiful new website.  It was designed by a few very talented individuals on our STONEFIRE Team with an interactive approach in mind.  We hope you enjoy hearing from us regularly via our site as we communicate the many aspects that make us STONEFIRE.  As you can imagine, 10 years has brought many incredible people, stories and events to our family, and we plan to share with you our favorite memories using this blog.  Stay tuned as we count down to our 10 year anniversary celebration and remember all that has made us 10 years old and 10 years strong.

From the entire STONEFIRE Family, we thank you for your support over these years.  As always, our continued goal is for the FIRE that is us to continue to spread from our kitchens to your hearts.

Sincerely,

Mary Harrigan