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Black Angus Steakhouse founder Stuart Anderson dies at 93

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – The founder of the Black Angus Steakhouse chain, Stuart Anderson, has died in Southern California at the age of 93.

His wife, Helen, says Anderson died Monday at his Rancho Mirage home. He had lung cancer.

Anderson founded the chain in 1964 in Seattle, Washington. At its peak, it had more than 120 outlets.

His wife says Anderson’s philosophy was to offer a lot of food for a modest price and rely on customer volume. For $2.99, customers got the steak of their choice and trimmings — but not dessert. His wife says Anderson didn’t want folks to linger.

The chain was sold in 1972, but Anderson stayed on to run it before retiring in the mid-1980s. There currently are about 45 Black Angus steakhouses, most in California.