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    Simmzy's - Burbank

    3000 W Olive Ave
    Burbank CA 91505
    (818) 962-2500
    About Simmzy's - Burbank

    "It's in my genes, I had no choice!" A Southern California native, Mike Simms knew from an early age that he would foray into the world of hospitality. He and his brother grew up running around the kitchen and under the tables at French Market in West Hollywood and The Kettle in Manhattan Beach – his father’s and grandfather’s restaurants – but later did stints washing dishes and busing tables for spending money throughout high school.

    After graduating from Cornell's prestigious Hotel School, Mike moved to the Napa Valley and managed Tra Vigne restaurant, where he was able to fully immerse himself in food. In trying his hand at home brewing, traveling to the world’s best wine regions and developing relationships with various winemakers, Mike came to realize his passion for beer and wine. In 2005, he took this experience and returned to his native Southern California, compelled to connect local restaurants to surrounding farms, breweries, and wineries and celebrate all things craft. He joined forces with his father Tom and brother Chris to form The Simms Restaurant Group and went on to open Tin Roof Bistro (2009), Simmzy's Manhattan Beach (2009), Manhattan Beach Post (2011) and Fishing With Dynamite (2013).

    In 2007, Mike developed the Tin Roof Bistro in Manhattan Beach. Amidst delays, he stumbled upon vacant space just steps from the ocean in Manhattan Beach and decided (along with his brother Chris) the neighborhood needed a spot that served a simple, delicious burger and quality craft beer and wine. This concept quickly came to fruition in the form of Simmzy's and opened in 2009, three months before Tin Roof Bistro. In 2012, Mike shared his knowledge and passion for wine and beer with the community of Belmont Shore at Simmzy's much anticipated second location. Now in 2014 Mike looks forward to his third Simmzy's in Venice Beach.

    Whether it's teaching servers about new styles of beer, encouraging cooks to use new techniques, or honing his own palate with an Introductory Sommelier Certificate, Mike is a firm believer in empowerment through education. In the same vein, Mike prides himself on promoting from within (a current GM started off as a server, and a one-time dishwasher now boasts the title of executive chef), and truly believes in putting people first.

    When he's not at Simmzy's, Mike can be found surfing in Manhattan Beach, spending time with his wife and daughters, or planning his next aerial flight over California’s wine regions.



    Sun Jul 2 2017
    | by Quizmaster Tim Barkas

    Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is knowing not to put tomatoes in a fruit salad.

    Oh Simmzy's! SIMMZY'S!! You alluring seductress!! You temptress! You enchantress!! They told me I'd enjoy spending an evening in your warm embrace, surrounded by delightful, engaging, enthusiastic quizzers. And they were right! They were SOOO right!!

    Last week's #1 team, Back in 5, was back in 7 (days) for an encore performance at the top of our leaderboard. Last week's #2 team, Crucial Taunt, also pulled off a repeat by finishing once again in the deuce position. But that's where things began to change!

    The Pen-Ultimates made a big leap this week, jumping from their previous eighth-place finish all the way up to #3 this time around. And we'd be remiss if we didn't mention Akeelah & The Bee, who pulled off a pair of successful double-or-nothing moves in the late rounds to finish strong with 75 points - just one point shy of the winner's circle!!

    The team in The Corner, who won it all just two weeks ago, finished a bit behind this week, but were winners nonetheless in my book for making this guest quizmaster feel so welcome. Thanks guys. I'm guessing you'll never have a team member named "Baby," because nobody puts baby in The Corner, right? Right!

    One last thing: favorite team name of the night goes to Tasteful Sideboob, because...well...boobs! But tasteful, not tacky! Gotta respect that!!

    Happy July 4th, everybody.


    Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
    1 10363 Back in 5 83 18 1.000
    2 10754 Crucial Taunt 78 17 0.944
    3 10781 The Pen-Ultimates 76 16 0.889
    4 Akeelah & The Bee 75 15 0.833
    5 11044 More Cheese, Less Pants 71 14 0.778
    6 Any Name We Want 67 13 0.722
    7 10756 Tasteful Sideboob 65 12 0.667
    8 Bag O' Maybees 63 11 0.611
    9 10680 CURSE THE GODS! 57 10 0.556
    10 10358 The Corner 55 9 0.500
    11 Bill The Butcher 54 8 0.444
    12 Cleanup @ The Tam 51 7 0.389
    13 11842 Delcudden 50 6 0.333
    14 10437 That's So Three-Eyed Raven 48 5 0.278
    15 Book King Trivia 47 4 0.222
    16 11413 Doing the Best We Can 34 3 0.167
    17 Thunder Ducks 31 2 0.111
    18 5 Girls & 1 Boy 23 1 0.056
    19 The Fightin' Rileys 21 0 0.000