Simmzy's - Burbank

3000 W Olive Ave
Burbank CA 91505
(818) 962-2500
  • Sundays @ 8:00pm
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 Dec 23 2018
| by Quizmaster Mark Youngs

Christmas Eve Eve at Simmzy's! Great game of Christmas trivia tonight. These folks are not shy when it comes to doubles, which made for an interesting, tense game. Every round (BUT the 4th) had an attempted double, some successful, some not.

This was pretty much a 4-horse race. Lando Caltrivians and It's Wall or Nothing doubled in the first round and were within a single point through round 5, where they both also doubled.

Axial Tilt also doubled the 1st round, while Crucial Taunt, after failing the double in 1, successfully doubled the 2nd round. They were within 3 points of each other through round 5. However neither were able to double that round and they fell off the pace of LC and IWON.

3 of the 4 teams doubled round 6, and IWON answered all correctly, effectively separating from the rest of the pack. However, IWON not doubling dropped them far enough behind LC, that they could not recover. While none of these 4 attempted to double in round 7, AT needed to be perfect to gain a tie for third place. They faltered.

Lando Caltrivians prevailed to take the gold, with It's Wall or Nothing holding onto silver, and Crucial Taunt took the bronze.

Great fun tonight! Glad I could stand in. Congrats to Lando Caltrivians!!


Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 17310 Lando Caltrivians 81 9 1.000
2 10781 It's Wall or Nothing 72 8 0.889
3 10754 Crucial Taunt 67 7 0.778
4 11063 Axial Tilt: The Reason for the Season 61 6 0.667
5 10016 Anna and the Apocalypse Now 40 4 0.500
5 We Double Every Time 40 4 0.500
7 That's What She Said 33 3 0.333
8 Camacho Macho 32 2 0.222
9 Daddy's Little Helpers 29 1 0.111
10 Dazed and Confused 14 0 0.000