Western Sizzlin is a chain of retail buffet restaurants and steakhouses. It currently has locations in 19 states. There are 70 franchise establishments. Western Sizzlin is based in Roanoke, Virginia. The concept of Western Sizzlin was derived in 1962 by a man named Nick Pascaerlla. The very first Western Sizzlin opened in Augusta, Georgia. He was looking for a place to open a restaurant and got a flat tire there. The tire employees convinced him to open the restaurant there. Western Sizzlin immediately became famous for its FlameKist steaks and carried on from there.