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Johnny Garlic’s Founders – Steven Gruber and Guy Fieri

By in 2005 - Volume 7

johnny-garlicsSteven Gruber and Guy Fieri opened Johnny Garlic’s in 1996. Both owners have strong backgrounds in the food service business. Steven’s college degree is from Penn State where he received a bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. Upon graduation Steven worked with Restaurant Enterprise Group experiencing everything from the ground up-eventually being a multi unit manager. Guy worked in a family restaurant business and then pursued his college degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He was recruited by Stouffers Restaurants where he achieved a senior manager position.

Both Steven and Guy resigned their responsible posts to found Johnny Garlic’s-a dynamic concept based on an array of delicious entrees, fresh salads, sumptuous appetizers and decadent deserts with a location in Windsor. They also have expanded their concepts to include Tex Wasabi’s-a combining barbeque with sushi in Santa Rosa and opening soon in Sacramento, Russell Ramsey’s Chophouse-a steak and chophouse with a California Cuisine twist in Santa Rosa and Terra Fusion-a high end catering division based in Santa Rosa.

As a team of family and community oriented owners Steven and Guy have become fixtures in the Sonoma County community donating time and money to help schools, athletic leagues and other charities. Their food services have been utilized at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds for such events as Harvest Fairs and Home and Garden Shows. We enjoyed working with Steven and Guy on a recent project we did together and we wish them continued success in their future restaurant 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