History of the Company The owners of the Grinder came together to redefine the words "coffee shop" for people throughout Southern California. They came up with Grinder Restaurant, a new style coffee shop that offers savory meals and attentive service at low prices. Everything about the original Grinder was a change from the early 1960's coffee shop, right down to the name. The founders wanted to focus on specialty hamburgers in their new coffee shop, with an emphasis on freshness. The elements of ground coffee, ground beef and freshness led to the name Grinder. Co-founder and President Bert Blender brought to the Grinder three generations of operational experience from his family's residence-inn near the banks of the Danube in Sigmaringen, Germany. Blender and his partners used their operational expertise to establish a formula for affordable, fine, fresh food to serve to people throughout Southern California. From the start, the founders departed from the brightly-lighted plastic monotony of a typical 60's coffee shop and created restaurants with warm colors and soft lighting. Over the past 30 years, the Grinder has continued to set new standards with innovative ideas. This "maverick" attitude made the Grinder among the first coffee shops to offer beer and wine, a move considered questionable by others. The restaurants have always served authentic and a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.