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    We Exemplify Love

    We see every task and interaction as an opportunity to show genuine care and service.

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    And Help Others Win

    We operate as a collective team and push one another towards growth as employees, humans, and citizens.

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    With Fanatical Excellence

    We commit to mastering every element of our work and never stop learning how to be better.

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    To Feed Communities

    We extend our impact beyond the 4 walls of our restaurants for the benefit of the community.



Immigrated to LA

Young Lee immigrates from South Korea to South Los Angeles. LA becomes his home for much of his younger life, where he quickly finds that restaurants serving affordable, healthy meals are hard to come by.


Simply Magic Sauce is Born

Young and his wife, Sarah, start dreaming up a new kind of restaurant as a way to support their growing family and provide healthy, affordable food to the community. They create the Simply Magic® Sauce recipe in their home kitchen for a taste that’s more flavorful and higher quality than other sauces out there.


First Store Opens

Young and Sarah open the first Flame Broiler restaurant in Orange County, CA. The new restaurant combines the traditional flavors of South Korea with the unique tastes of Los Angeles to create a one-of-a-kind menu.


Franchising Begins

As word of Young’s healthy menu and quick service spread, customers want in on the action. Young sees franchising as a way to benefit others from what he created by giving them an opportunity to be business owners, too.


Giving Back

Giving back to the community has always been a huge part of Flame Broiler’s business model. In 2009, Young pledges to sponsor two children in need for every Flame Broiler location that opens. Today, through The Flame Broiler, Inc., Young continues this commitment.


The Next Generation

Today, Young’s three sons – Daniel, Christian, and David – have all joined the family business. They are dedicated to continuing the brand’s legacy and their mission of providing greater access to healthy food in all communities.