Restaurateur David Zhao is only 29 years old but he has a growing multi-brand restaurant empire and American Wagyu cattle ranch that is promising great things. Zhao’s Chubby Cattle International has 14 restaurants and another 25 slated for 2024. Concepts include the full-service brands like Niku X and The X Pot Wagyu House, but also multiple locations of the hot pot concept Chubby Cattle and derivations like Chubby Curry and Chubby (boba) Tea. Wagyu appears across the group’s menus, in part because the company includes a Wagyu cattle ranch in California and Oregon to control meat production. And there’s a Chubby Club loyalty program that crosses all concepts, as well as related CPG products in retail stores.