Jared Schwartz, Kade Gianinetti and Chad Michael George met in 2012 while all working at Linger. They found a common interest in wishing to create innovative dining concepts that promoted responsible and local sourcing while giving the guest a memorable dining experience. After operating American Grind as a food truck for two years, it was time to open The Way Back in the Berkeley neighborhood.

In January 2017, American Grind was resurrected as a live kitchen inside Avanti F&B. Samuel Charles & Marcus Eng serve as Executive Chefs over both establishments and Caitlin Allison has joined the team as the Kitchen Manager at American Grind.