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Restaurant Dealmaker

An Insider’s Trade Secrets For Buying a Restaurant, Bar or Club

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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.

Join us for Episode #28 of
🎙The Restaurant Dealmaker Show🎙
Thursday, June 27, 2024

San Anselmo

Donna Seymour is the owner of Cucina, a popular Italian restaurant & cocktail bar in San Anselmo that has been satisfying diners for over 24 years.

Donna started working in restaurants at the age of 22, as she was finishing up college at UC Davis. She worked at Domaine Chandon in Yountville, originally as summer help in the tasting room, and eventually as the assistant manager to the Dining Room at Domaine Chandon, then a four-star restaurant. She went on to working in restaurants in San Francisco for many years, becoming the manager at Jackson Fillmore Trattoria in 1991. In 1998, she moved to San Anselmo, in Marin County, and opened Cucina Jackson Fillmore. In 2003, Cucina dropped the association with Jackson Fillmore and became Cucina sa, when it moved to it’s current location at 510 San Anselmo Avenue, in Downtown San Anselmo. In 2019, Donna bought a liquor license and added a full bar to the already thriving restaurant. Throughout Covid, Cucina and Donna continually innovated to keep open. One of those ideas was bottling cocktails for sale to go, and building the first parklet in downtown San Anselmo, which is still being used for great outdoor dining. In 2021, Donna added lunch to Cucina’s hours of operation, and in 2023 she started Happy Hour from Tuesday-Friday, 3-5 pm. Cucina has several dining rooms, and therefore can accommodate groups from 12-50. Donna was awarded Business Person of the Year in 2023 by Spirits of Marin awards, sponsored by the Bank of Marin. She supports many local schools and charitable foundations, and hires and trains a lot of the young adults from her community. Cucina has been going strong for 26 years.


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Restaurant Dealmaker: An Insider’s Trade Secrets For Buying a Restaurant, Bar or Club

by Steve D. Zimmerman, president/owner of Restaurant Realty

Learn my trade secrets from being a front-line restaurant, bar, and club owner/operator, as well as my extensive experience as a buyer and seller of many restaurants, bars and clubs.

About Restaurant Realty

Now celebrating our 28th year, Restaurant Realty Company® has a successful track record helping over 3,200 clients in completing over $1,000,000,000 (billion) of Business and Real Estate Transactions including the following: Selling/leasing over 1,600 restaurant, bar, and other food related businesses, Selling over 70 related commercial buildings,  Leasing over 3 Million square feet of commercial space and Completing over 5,000 valuations. The majority of our staff have either owned and/or managed restaurants. Our deep experience as operators means we understand your business from the inside out. Restaurant Realty has Closed Escrow and/or Leased 325+ Deals since Covid! For more information, please visit

Steven Zimmerman

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 as Expert Witness


Launched in January 2022, the Restaurant Dealmaker Show has yielded 250,000 (quarter of a million) + viewers of its 26 episodes between live in-person Zoom webinars, broadcasting live to Facebook and replays on YouTube and Facebook.

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.

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