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Join restaurant industry veteran Steve Zimmerman, Principal Broker and Founder of Restaurant Realty in a 1-on-1 fireside chat with restaurant owners, managers,investors and high profile industry clientele sharing their restaurant deal making experiences, success stories, challenges, and more.

18 Episodes & counting …100,000+ views & growing…


Steve Zimmerman of Restaurant Realty Company was recently featured on Episode 62 of The Bite Goes On Podcast. Sondra Bernstein, owner of “the girl & the fig” restaurant in Sonoma, hosts this weekly podcast along with her friend Brian Casey, Sommelier at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and veteran of the hospitality industry for over 30 years.

Thank you Roman Polnar for a wonderful interview with the ‘Food for Thought ‘podcast, a program of Hebrew Free Loan in San Francisco. Titled “Lessons from a Restaurant Pioneer,” Steve Zimmerman shares his experiences with Zim’s Restaurants, one of the largest privately-owned restaurant chains in the Bay Area for many years. And about the founding of Restaurant Realty Company!


Over the years, Steve Zimmerman has delivered Restaurant Realty Company-led Webinars tailored for the California Association of Business Brokers (CABB) as part of their CABBinar series and the International Association of Business Brokers (IBBA). Most recently, Steve has participated in numerous podcasts and webinars for Covid-19. Below are just a sample!

CABBinar “Key Elements for Building a Sustainable Business Brokerage Practice”
January 2021

SBDC NoCal Webinar – July 2020
“How to Buy and Sell A Restaurant”

SBDC Webinar – June 2020
Restaurant & Retail Lease
Negotiations during COVID 19

IBBA Webinar – May 2020
Selling Essential and Non Essential Businesses

CABB Webinar
Best Practices for Analyzing and Handling Leases in Business Brokerage Transactions7/28/16
Selling Your Restaurant: What You Need to Know to Attract Serious Buyers & Get Top Price


Just Sold – St Francis Fountain, San Francisco

JUST SOLD St. Francis Fountain San Francisco Patrick Totah of Restaurant Realty Company is proud to announce the sale of the St. Francis Fountain, a business that has been in operation for more than 100 years, located on historic 24th Street in San Francisco’s Mission District.  Once upon a time, the St. Francis Fountain was, as [...]

SOLD Gepettos Pizza with Real Estate, Burney, Shasta County

JUST SOLD GEPETTO'S PIZZA + REAL ESTATE Burney | Shasta County Jim Pate, Certified Business Broker and Listing Transaction Agent for Restaurant Realty, represented both the buyer and the seller in this business and real estate transaction. "It feels terrific to help a restaurant owner that has devoted a lifetime of service to his community retire [...]

SOLD – Buffalo Bill’s Brewery + Real Estate

JUST SOLD Buffalo Bill’s Brewery + Real Estate Hayward Restaurant Realty Company recently sold the legendary Buffalo Bill’s Brewery plus building in Hayward.  Steve Zimmerman represented both Geoff Harries, the seller and Alejandro Gamarra, the buyer. The sale included a licensing agreement giving the buyer the right to use the Buffalo Bill’s proprietary items including the [...]

SOLD – Iconic Napa Establishment, Norman Rose Tavern

JUST SOLD Iconic Napa Establishment Norman Rose Tavern Napa Valley's renowned Norman Rose Tavern, a beloved neighborhood pub known for its relaxed vibe, American eats, and microbrews, has recently changed hands. Jim Pate, Certified Business Broker and listing transaction agent for Restaurant Realty Company, successfully facilitated the sale, representing both buyer and seller, leaving patrons and [...]