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James Schenk of Destino & Pisco

By in 2009 - Volume 11

destino-piscoInspired by his Peruvian mother, chef-owner James Schenk has offered the Bay Area residents his highly personal version of “Nuevo Latino” cooking since 2000 when he opened his ground breaking bistro Destino on upper Market Street, San Francisco (1815 Market St.) combining traditions from Central and South America with a thoroughly modern, California sensibility. Restaurant Realty is proud that they helped James secure his first location here.

With spiritual inspiration from the historic Bank Exchange Saloon of early 20th Century San Francisco, James has created Pisco Latin Lounge (next door to his successful Destino). In this location he solidifies his reputation as a master of Latin flavors in both food and drink – serving Latin inspired cocktails and modern tapas in a cutting edge ambiance that draws inspiration from similar spots in Barcelona, Lima and Buenos Aires.

James is well recognized in so many areas. His personal warmth has made him a media favorite with appearances in local shows Evening Magazine and KRON’s Latin Eyes as well as NBC’s Jane Pauley Show and Telemundo. His restaurant has been voted in the Top 50 Best Hispanic Restaurants Nationwide by Hispanic Magazine and Best Small Plates by Citysearch viewers several times. James is active in the San Francisco community where he regularly participates in a wide range of charitable social events including Glide Foundation Dine A Round, Black and White Ball, Slow Foods, and the Latino Community Annual Gala. James’ training at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver has helped make him a sought after advisor on Latin foods. Best wishes to James on continued success in his various endeavors.

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About The Author
Steven Zimmerman, CBI, M&AMI, CBB, FIBBA

Steve is the Founder, Principal Broker and Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Realty Company. Steve has personally sold/leased over 1,000 restaurant, bar and/or nightclub businesses and many related commercial buildings totaling 2+ million square feet of commercial space, collaborated with over 2,000 clients and completed over 3,000 valuations since 1996.His real estate experience also includes sales, acquisitions, management and ownership of numerous properties throughout California including restaurants, hotels, apartment buildings, single family houses, an office building and a multi-use retail building. Steve is also the author of Restaurant Dealmaker – An Insider’s Trade Secrets for Buying a Restaurant, Bar or Club available on Amazon. Prior to starting Restaurant Realty Company Steve had over 20 years of restaurant experience and was President and Chief Executive officer of Zim’s Restaurants, which was one of the largest privately owned restaurant chains in the San Francisco Bay Area. READ FULL BIO | HIRE EXPERT WITNESS - LEARN MORE