ARTIES COUNTRYWOOD LOUNGE
Steve Zimmerman and Patrick Totah of Restaurant Realty Company are proud to announce the sale of the Arties Countrywood Lounge, a fixture in Walnut Creek’s Countrywood Shopping Center for over 40 years
Arties is known as a local-friendly lounge and bar featuring all the necessary bar elements: pool tables, darts, big screen televisions and a jukebox.
Artie’s Countrywood Lounge is known as the “best place to get a drink with no bull.” Known for friendly customer service, great drink selections, and pool tables a plenty, Artie’s has had a devoted local following for years. Greg plans to keep all of the things the Artie’s regulars love in place, but will make a few tweaks to ensure that the good things only get better.
Greg, a former New Yorker, knew he was destined to be involved in the food hospitality industry in a big way. He began his career after studying hospitality management and graduating from Cornell University. He started out working on the East Coast with Cornell alum Drew Nieporent, owner of Myriad Restaurant Group (who was also partnered with Robert DeNiro for another restaurant), and also for well-known eateries such as Tribecca Grill and Nobu in various roles including waiter, bartender and general manager. In 1997, Greg moved to San Francisco where he opened restaurant and bar Indigo, and then Jade Bar, in close proximity to each other and nearby City Hall. Later on, he went on to own Swell Bar in Alameda and Hobson’s, a popular bar in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury District. He currently owns Flanahan’s Pub and Green Door. Greg attributes his success to how he operates his businesses. He says if customers are happy, that results in his employees being happy. Greg believes teamwork goes a long way in the success of a business, and ultimately, his goal is to ensure that every customer has an enjoyable experience when visiting one of his establishments.
Restaurant Realty Company wishes Greg all the best with Artie’s, and with his other endeavors.