Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
                        Securities Exchange Act of 1934

        Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): March 13, 2006

                              GRILL CONCEPTS, INC.
               (Exact name of registrant as specified in Charter)

                 Delaware                  0-23226               13-3319172
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    (State or other jurisdiction of  (Commission File No.)     (IRS Employer
     incorporation or organization)                         Identification No.)

                       11661 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 404
                         Los Angeles, California 90049
               (Address of Principal Executive Offices)(Zip Code)

                           (Issuer Telephone number)

         (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 1.01.     Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On March 3, 2006, Grill Concepts, Inc.'s Compensation Committee approved, and on
March 13, 2006 Grill Concepts entered into, an amended employment agreement with
Philip Gay, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the company.
The  amended  employment  agreement  will be effective as of, and was entered in
contemplation of, Mr. Gay's pending assumption of the positions of President and
Chief  Executive  Officer of the company to be effective following the company's
annual shareholders meeting on June 22, 2006. The term of the amended employment
agreement  will  run  through  December  31  2009.

Under  the terms of the employment agreement, effective June 22, 2006, Mr. Gay's
compensation  will  consist  of  (1) a base annual salary of $275,000 during the
first  year,  increasing  to  $300,000, $325,000 and $350,000 on each succeeding
anniversary of the effective date; (2) performance-based bonuses in an amount up
to  50%  of  his  applicable salary based on metrics established annually by the
Compensation  Committee;  (3) a stock option to purchase 50,000 shares of common
stock  at  $3.19 per share over a period of ten years and vesting 1/3 on each of
June  22, 2007, June 22, 2008 and June 22, 2009; (4) use of a company automobile
plus  payment  of  repair,  maintenance and insurance costs with respect to such
automobile  in  an  amount  not  to  exceed  $10,000  annually;  (5) a term life
insurance  policy  in  the  amount of $1,000,000; (6) participation in all group
life,  health,  accident,  disability,  liability  or  hospitalization insurance
plans,  pension  plans,  severance  plans  or  retirement plans available to the
highest  level  executives  of the company; (7) five weeks of paid vacation; and
(8)  participation  in any and all other benefit plans adopted from time to time
by  the  company  for  the  benefit  of  its  employees.

Item 9.01.     Financial Statements and Exhibits.

          (c)  Exhibits

               10.1 Employment  Agreement,  effective  March  3,  2006,  between
                    Philip  Gay  and  Grill  Concepts,  Inc.


Pursuant  to  the  requirements  of  the  Securities  Exchange  Act of 1934, the
Registrant  has  duly  caused  this  Report  to  be  signed on its behalf by the
undersigned  hereunto  duly  authorized.

                                   GRILL CONCEPTS, INC.

Dated:  March 13, 2006
                           By:     /s/ Philip Gay
                                   Philip Gay
                                   Executive Vice President and
                                   Chief Financial Officer