In 1992, Ofer Shemtov and Eric Anders were each working more than 75 hours a week at a Los Angeles restaurant. After closing, they would relax by going to a movie and falling asleep right after the opening credits. As tired as they were and as hard as they worked, they knew that if they ever got the opportunity, they would open their own restaurant company – not just one restaurant — and make it better.
“Ofer found the location in Moorpark,” remembers Eric Anders, co-founder of Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill. “He called me and basically said, ‘This is it. Are you in?’ I said I was in.” The two best friends signed the deal for the building and began renovating what used to be a failed barbecue restaurant.