Suburban budget steak houses began to appear in the 1950s and '60s; among the first was Sizzler, which was the brainchild of a California salesman named Del Johnson. He got the idea for his restaurant in 1958 after reading about a steak joint in San Francisco called Tad's, which offered faux-Victorian decor and a T-bone steak dinner for $1.09. (Tad's later inspired a chain of its own.) A few months later, Johnson and his wife, Helen, opened Del's Sizzler Steak House in Culver City, California, making use of a building owned by the father-in-law of his friend Jim Collins, who ran the hamburger stand next door. Del's Sizzler sold two kinds of steak, a top sirloin and a new york cut, accompanied by a baked potato and a green salad adorned with a single cherry tomato.