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Sunny Bajwa & Basque Boulangerie Café in Sonoma

By in 2012 - Volume 14

basque-boulangerie-cafeSunny Bajwa recently purchased the famous Basque Boulangerie Café in Sonoma . Sunny started his food service career working at a Taco Bell, then owned a String’s Italian Franchise in Milpitas for several years, then worked for Einstein’s Noah’s Bagels for 13 years where he was an area manager overseeing between 14 to 28 units and was most recently a General Manager at a Chevy’s Restaurant.

The Basque Boulangerie Cafe opened on the historic square of Sonoma in 1994. The owners have been involved in the bakery and restaurant business since 1956. The “Basque”, as it is affectionately known by locals and return customers, specializes in light crumb, crisp sourdough breads and assorted other sweet French, or Parisian style breads, as well as many Danish pastries, morning rolls, cookies and cakes, in its lively retail store, as well as delivering these fresh products daily to its wholesale customers. The Basque’s retail store offers an extended Cafe style menu available all day, from 7 AM to 6 PM.

Sunny plans to leave the operation as is, as it is extremely successful and has a staff of long term dedicated employees many who have been there for 15 to 20 years. The sellers are very passionate people that were dedicated to taking care of their employees and providing a high quality product. Within a couple of years Sunny plans to open a second unit and would eventually like to convert this concept into a multi-unit operation. Sunny’s strengths are accountability and taking care of people. Sunny follows Dan Marino’s (formerly the quarterback of the Miami Dolphins) philosophy of “take care of the hands that take care of you.” Sunny believes that If you take care of your employees and customers you can be successful in selling anything.

Restaurant Realty had the opportunity of putting together this transaction and wish Sunny much success in his future business endeavors.

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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