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Ken Vix of An Affair To Remember

By in 2008 - Volume 10

kenvixKen has been a special person in my life as I worked with Ken for many years at Zim’s Restaurants, my family’s restaurant company. Ken, while attending UC Berkeley, was working part time as a bartender in a restaurant and bar we owned called Bayfair House of Pancakes in San Leandro. From here he went through an accelerated management training program and worked in unit management at six different Zim’s. He then became an Area Supervisor responsible for overseeing ten different Zim’s from 1966 through 1973 and in 1973 he was promoted to Vice President of Operations. I worked side by side with Ken in designing and opening up several new units, doing research and development of new menu items, negotiating union contracts and developing and implementing various operating systems. Ken was one of my mentors when it came to handling people as he is a super people person and has strong compassion in training and motivating people.

After nearly twenty years at Zim’s Ken felt he had enough of the corporate world and turned entrepreneur and bought Arthur’s Cocktail Lounge in Greenbrae and in 1979 opened a catering business called An Affair to Remember which has turned into one of the most successful catering businesses in Marin. Ken says that his mentor in business was my father, Art Zimmerman, the founder of Zim’s, who taught him to never stop growing the business, never stop learning and always be creative. Ken has a very strong work ethic and was always committed to maintaining high standards in quality, treating employees fairly and providing a strong price value to the customer. I want to thank Ken for sharing his extensive knowledge with me and giving Restaurant Realty the opportunity of selling his business. We wish Ken the best in retirement.

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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