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SOLD – Waffle Farm, Lincoln

By in 2021 - Volume 23

Waffle Farm, Lincoln

Judy Carrero and her husband, Michael purchased a run-down Breakfast & Lunch restaurant in 2012 located in Lincoln, near Roseville CA. After remodeling the space and renaming it ‘The Waffle Farm,” they enjoyed a steady growth until Michael’s passing just 2 years later. Judy continued to grow the business with annual sales revenue exceeding $1.2million, until her decision to retire in 2019.

After contacting Restaurant Realty in August that year, agent Keith Simpson secured a well-qualified Buyer within a few weeks, knowing the neighboring restaurant owner was looking to expand.

An SBA loan was secured in early 2020, but then the Pandemic hit which put a halt to all SBA bank lending for the Restaurant industry. The restaurant was closed and attempted, but failed on offering ‘To Go’ service. Limited outdoor seating was introduced until fully reopening with social distancing some 12 months later.

Both parties were still keen to structure a sale/purchase and the SBA lender was confident to lend again as the business slowly returned to pre-pandemic levels by mid 2021.

Unfortunately, the Buyer’s decision to finally not purchase the restaurant was due to the labor shortage and rising cost of goods which made her nervous in making such a large investment.

After 2 years in contract the transaction was terminated.

Keith then contacted Aamer Khan, a long-time client and owner of 5 restaurants in the Sacramento area, some of which Keith had been instrumental in brokering. Aamer enjoys operating Breakfast & Lunch restaurants and already owned 3 similar style establishments.

The all-cash deal was struck and once in contract the transaction was a smooth process with Old Republic Title Co which took less than 2 months, closing escrow on 11/23/2021.

Judy can now retire knowing her employees and her business are in great hands.


Restaurant Realty wishes Judy best wishes for her retirement and wish Aamer much success in his new business.

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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