Founder Kelsey Farris writes,
"Huh, how did Club Zu begin?
Basically our (Kendall Farris — identical twin) mother died of cancer when we were 17. My father asked me what I planned to do, and I said I wanted to open a club.
Six months later, with money my mother left me and my older brother Rick Brown and my father as silent partners, the club opened on my graduation night from high school.
I threw the hat at San Dieguito and opened my doors in June 1983 at 135 North Highway 101 in Solana Beach."