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California's Largest Restaurant Brokerage - Specializing in Sales, Acquisitions & Leasing of Restaurants, Bars, Clubs & Related Commercial Buildings

Our Team

We invite you to learn more about our Staff, Agents, Brokers & Consultants

  • Steven Zimmerman, CBI, M&AMI, CBB, FIBBA

    Founder, Principal Broker and Chief Executive Officer

    Steve is the Founder, Principal Broker and Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Realty Company. Steve has personally sold/leased over 1000 restaurant, bar or club businesses, sold many commercial buildings and completed over 3,000 restaurant 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.


  • Nancy Barton

    Transaction Sales Manager

    Nancy supervises all the buyer activity and oversees the administrative functions of the corporate office. Nancy works with the executive team as well as our broker associates and listing transaction agents on various projects and in transaction management including overseeing the escrow process, ABC liquor license transfer activity and numerous other functions in putting the deals together.

    Prior to joining Restaurant Realty Company Nancy has been a real estate salesperson for Lake Tahoe Distinctive Properties and Chase International at Incline Village, Nevada and at Frank Howard Allen in San Rafael. Prior to that she was Marketing Manager at Kaiser Permanente, a Senior Business Analyst at American Express and a Sergeant, F-15 Fighter Crew Chief in the U.S. Air Force. She holds an Associate of Arts degree, a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration, a Masters of Business Administration degree and a California State Real Estate License.

  • Andrea Curtis

    Buyer Manager

    If you are going to be buying a restaurant, bar or club with Restaurant Realty then you will be communicating with Andrea. Andrea interacts with all of our buyers, screening, setting up appointments, and providing additional information when necessary. Andrea is also involved with various administrative functions of the corporate office.

    Prior to joining Restaurant Realty Company Andrea worked at Keller Williams Realty for many years as a realtor, loan agent and property manager listing, marketing and selling homes, condominiums and land parcels. Her past experience also includes extensive administrative, sales and sales management positions. Andrea speaks Spanish and holds a California State Real Estate License (Lic. ID #01466526)

  • Judy Gilberg

    Finance Director

    Judy has been with Restaurant Realty Company since 1999. Judy is an experienced agent and oversees the financial functions of the company. Prior to this she worked as a Buyer Coordinator and liquor license transfer specialist for restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Judy also oversees marketing, advertising, and day to day operations of the business. Prior to joining Restaurant Realty Company, Judy was the President/Owner of Bay Marketing Company, which sold millions of dollars of merchandise to large retailers throughout the west coast. Judy also previously worked with Macy’s as a Buyer and Sales Manager.

    Judy attended Cornell University and holds a B.A. from University of San Francisco. Judy holds a California State Real Estate License.

  • Gail Lafayette

    Project Manager & Listing Transaction Agent

    Gail is generally the first point of contact for all prospective sellers and landlords looking to lease with Restaurant Realty. She matches prospective clients with the appropriate broker or agent. Additionally, Gail works with local sellers on valuations of their business, listing them for sale and oversees each of her listings thru the sales process. Gail also works on special marketing & research projects.

    Prior to joining Restaurant Realty, Gail worked as a Realtor for Bradley Real Estate in San Rafael. Her past experience also includes management of Retail Store Development and Construction. She earned certification as a Green Building Professional. Gail studied Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York followed by studies in Architectural Design at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Gail holds a California Real Estate License (Lic. ID#01943281).

  • Bruce Osterlye

    Listing Transaction Agent, San Francisco Bay Area

    Prior to joining Restaurant Realty, Bruce, a native of San Francisco, attended the San Francisco City College Hotel and Restaurant Program, worked in a number of Bay Area French restaurants, and has hotel and restaurant experience working in Switzerland. This was followed by twelve years at Kenwood Vineyards and Winery as Warehouse and Bottling Line Manager, Restaurant Wine Sales and Events Catering. Since 1989, Bruce has been a successful restaurant owner and operator.

    Bruce holds a California State Real Estate License (Lic. ID #01840610).

  • Patrick Totah

    Listing Transaction Agent, San Francisco Bay Area

    Patrick Totah is fanatical about good food and good restaurants, and committed to being of service to the people who work in the restaurant industry. He currently owns one restaurant in San Francisco, and used to own two, and is deeply familiar with the journey small business owners take when they buy and sell businesses. Patrick also has a decade of experience in the corporate food world, having served as a general manager for Starbucks and an Area Manager for Jamba Juice. In these roles, he managed multiple locations and oversaw the construction of several new stores. For a few years, Patrick worked in residential real estate, before eventually deciding that he wanted to focus his efforts on the restaurant industry. Ever since he was a little kid helping out at his dad’s deli in the Portola District of San Francisco, Patrick has been involved in the food business, and he plans to stay in it for the long haul. When Patrick isn’t working, he’s watching Bay Area sports, and blogging at

  • Abe Skaletzky

    Broker Associate, Los Angeles

    Abe Skaletzky has been actively involved in the Los Angeles Real Estate Restaurant Business brokerage industry for over twenty years. His expertise is in restaurant site selection, and lease / sale negotiations for the food service industry in the metropolitan Los Angeles area. Abe has an impressive list of credentials that include considerable restaurant business brokerage transactions and a large and loyal following of independent restaurateurs as well as corporate clients across the nation. He has broad experience in all areas of commercial real estate leasing and business sales with a particular emphasis in the area of restaurants and food operations as well as retail locations representing both prominent national chains looking to expand into the Los Angles Metropolitan area.

    Abe has also performed numerous consulting projects relating to the food industry including valuations, expert witness in landlord tenant “market rental” disputes , and consulting in design and build outs of restaurant operations. Abe is a graduate of Goddard College and holds a California State Broker’s License (Lic # 00934114 ) and General Contractors License and Real Estate Broker’s License in Illinois.

  • Teri Craft

    Listing Transaction Agent, Los Angeles

    Teri was born and raised in Los Angeles and studied Communications and Business at University of Southern California. Upon graduation she joined the sales staff at Rykoff-Sexton (which is now U.S. Foods) and worked with numerous chefs while calling on restaurants, hotels, country clubs and caterers throughout Southern California. In 1997, Teri joined Chocolate Creations, a start up Chocolatier in Los Angeles, securing real estate and setting up a commercial kitchen. For 10 years, as the Director of Sales, she drove the food service, retail and corporate sales, working with accounts such as; Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, The Cheesecake Factory, Costco and the U.S. White House. Later she opened, The Chocolate Box, a chocolate retail store and manufacturing kitchen in Pasadena. For several years, she also worked at Prudential, selling residential and commercial properties in the Pasadena area working with both buyers and sellers, with sales in the multi-millions.

    Teri has an entrepreneurial spirit and a history of working with startup companies as well as national accounts. She is currently an active member in the USC Trojan Food Network.

  • Todd Pliss

    Listing Transaction Agent, Los Angeles

    Since relocating to Los Angeles from his native Long Island, New York, Todd has been active in the real estate business. Todd has held his California real estate license since 2004 and has been involved in the listing, marketing and selling of residential and commercial real estate, including hotels, restaurants, car washes, and many other types of businesses. Todd has many years of teaching experience teaching several different subjects to students in the K-12 level. Todd is the founder/CEO of the popular business, Rent A Grandma, which has been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank. Todd holds a California Real Estate Agents License (CalBRE#01720850), teaching credential and Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Jacksonville University.

  • Frank Gutierrez

    Broker Associate, Los Angeles

    As a licensed agent for 40 years Frank stands ready to provide solutions to restaurant owners regardless of the situation or problems you may face in selling your most valuable asset at the best market price.

    Starting as a teenager 50 years ago, Frank helped start and run the family restaurant business. However, because of his father’s age, it required Frank’s leadership to successfully dissolve the family business. Dissolving a family restaurant business that lasted a half a century had many challenges, all of which were successfully and profitably overcome. His goal is to put more money in your pocket too.

    As a commercial broker with Marcus & Millichap he closed dozens of transactions for shopping centers as well as apartment and office buildings. During his tenure with Berkshire Hathaway he won sales awards bringing joy to first time homebuyers as well as luxury home sellers wherein he specialized.

    His 40 years of experience in negotiating with buyers, banks and government agencies like the Tax Board and the ABC practically ensures you will close your escrow with more net proceeds. Marketing properties for four decades has also given Frank the knowledge that qualifies him as the expert in the sale of restaurants. He has acquired lists of thousands of buyers over his many years that gives you the power and peace of mind that your restaurant will be sold for the best market price.

    In order to put that money in your pocket you must close escrow. Another benefit of his experience is that you will have the confidence that escrow will close despite many surprises like clouds on title, taxes, lack of funds, foreclosure, divorce, insurance, probate, or any number of other areas.
    Prior to joining Restaurant Realty Company, Frank’s early career was as the Chief Health Inspector at the L.A. County Health Department. Whether you are selling or buying, his expertise will help you avoid problems with health code violations and requirements.

    Frank is also the author of “After Your Listing Expires”. For your free copy contact him as there are only a few copies left in publication. Frank has attended California State University, University of Southern California and Harvard. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science. He has also been licensed as a Stock Broker, Health Inspector, Insurance Agent and Financial Advisor. He currently holds a California Real Estate Broker’s license.

    When you’re finally ready for results, it would be wise to call Frank for a free initial consultation.

  • Jonathan Ferrini

    Broker Associate, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino

    Jonathan’s grew up in a restaurant family in Pasadena getting exposure to to the restaurant business at an early age. After obtaining an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a Master’s degree from UCLA he began his 30 year commercial real estate career. He started with Grubb & Ellis in San Diego where he specialized in the sale of investment property before moving on to a real estate development company in Pasadena where he was responsible for leasing the company’s retail and office properties throughout Southern California. Jonathan then joined up with CB Richard Ellis and was named “Regional Rookie of the Year” and received the “Distinguished Achievement Award” for exceptional service to clients as a high rise office leasing specialist. After seven years as a successful broker at CBRE, Jonathan became Senior Vice President and Principal with Lee & Associates. where he specialized in the sale of bank owned “REO” commercial properties throughout Southern California. After moving to San Diego in 2002, Jonathan became one of the founding Principals of Lee & Associates, San Diego where he specialized in the sale and lease of commercial property until 2013. Over the years Jonathan has completed dozens of restaurant lease transactions. Jonathan has been licensed as a California Real Estate Broker (#00705613) and General Building Contractor (#B570608) for over 20 years.

  • Craig Johnson

    Listing Transaction Agent - San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino

    Craig brings a rich and diverse background to Restaurant Realty Company. Craig has over 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry holding several positions in everything from fast-casual in Denver and Pismo Beach to fine-dining establishments in Scottsdale and La Jolla, where he has learned firsthand the methods and the nuances that are unique to the food service industry. He later became a licensed real estate broker and was soon involved in several commercial real estate transactions. He has represented both landlords and tenants completing complex lease negotiations and teamed up on a number of multimillion-dollar investment property transactions while working with the firms Iliff-Thorn & Company/Colliers and Marcus & Millichap.

    Craig is a seasoned sales and marketing professional with deep experience working with the small business owner in growth of market share and cost reduction and has served as a consultant to restaurant owners training the front-of-the-house with suggestive selling techniques to successfully boost revenues. Craig holds a B.S. in Business Applied Management from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California and a California State Real Estate License.

  • Michael Melone

    Listing Transaction Agent, The Central Coast including Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles

    A native of The Central Coast, Michael has more than 35 years of hospitality experience. Starting as a dishwasher in his teens, Michael has excelled at all restaurant positions. From waiter to cook to bartender to General Manager to Owner, he has experienced first hand the defining characteristics of a successful restaurant. After graduating from UCLA and completing graduate work at SDSU, Michael’s career highlights have included stops at some of the most prestigious restaurants and private clubs in the West, notably as Food and Beverage Director at both The Santaluz Club, Rancho Santa Fe and The Spokane Club, Spokane Washington. Michael has further distinguished himself as a restaurant designer and restaurateur, having created and co-owned both Dolce Pane E Vino in Rancho Santa Fe (Best New Restaurant, North County San Diego 2010) and Melone’s Public House in Coeur d’Alene Idaho, as well as orchestrating a complete remodel and rebranding of the restaurants at The Spokane Club. These experiences have made him acutely aware of the intricacies and challenges of a restaurant startup, remodel or relocation. Michael’s expertise includes restaurant site selection, lease negotiation and navigating government channels including liquor licensing and the city permitting maze. Michael holds a California Real Estate License.

  • Angelo Albanese

    Listing Transaction Agent, Orange County

    Angelo has a diverse background as a former restaurant, bar and club owner for over 35 years including building many restaurants from scratch throughout California. He has also worked as a restaurant consultant opening several restaurants for others in addition to his years of experience in restaurant sales and leasing. Angelo’s past operating experience coupled with his years of restaurant sales experience is very helpful in assisting new and experienced restaurant owners find the right location. Angelo started in his family’s restaurant as a young boy and is familiar with all the operational functions of the business. Angelo holds a California State Agents License (CalBRE#00661895).

  • Keith Simpson

    Listing Transaction Agent, Sacramento and Surrounding Areas

    Keith has 45 years of restaurant, bar and catering experience, 20 of those years as an owner/operator. After graduating from the West London College of Hotel and Catering, Keith gained initial experience as a chef in many of London’s renowned restaurants. In the ‘80’s he became the Managing Director of a large catering company that elevated him to be responsible for prestigious events for the British Royal family, British Government and their dignitaries & many commercial events for a period of 10 years. Since moving to the USA in 1996 Keith has owned three successful restaurants and a catering company in Northern California. In 2013 he was chosen from stiff competition to host an 8-episode series for the Food Network channel called ‘Buy This Restaurant.’ Using his vast knowledge and experience in the UK and in the USA Keith has mentored and consulted for numerous restaurant owners as a Restaurant Tutor. is Keith’s way of helping restaurant owners reach their maximum profit goals by fixing their problems and increasing value for their restaurant business before, during and after a successful sale. Keith has been selling restaurants, bars and clubs for the past 12 years and holds a California State Real Estate License.

  • Nancy Wilbur

    Listing Transaction Agent, Sacramento and Surrounding Areas

    Nancy has been in the restaurant business for over 20 years. She worked at El Caballo, Hungry Hunter & Scott’s Seafood in Oakland, was the district manager for 5 “Muffins Muffins” units in San Francisco, and was the manager of Fat City Restaurant in Sacramento, one of the most well-known restaurants in the area. Most recently, she owned an Italian restaurant in Sacramento for several years. Nancy has owned and managed many successful businesses over the last 22 years, during which she developed an interest and passion for real estate and property management. Nancy’s diversified restaurant operations and ownership experience contributes to her ability to work with buyers and sellers. Nancy holds a California State Real Estate License.

  • Richard DiTullio

    Broker Associate, Monterey, Santa Cruz and Surrounding Areas

    Richard has 25 years experience in brokerage, 20 years experience in the Hospitality Business, and has personally owned 2 successful pizza restaurants (Prima Pizza on the West Coast and Giorgio’s Pizzeria on the East Coast). This hands-on experience gives him a unique understanding of the sacrifices and work involved when owning your own business; thus enabling Richard to address the needs of sellers and buyers. His brokerage experience includes Business, Commercial and Residential Leasing and Property Management. He has leased over 1,000,000 square feet of retail space in malls, strip centers and free standing buildings. In addition Richard has leased over 1,000 residential units consisting of apartments, single family homes and condos. As a Property manager he routinely acted as an intermediary between landlord and tenant and brings this skill set in negotiating lease terms when a business changes hands. He also guides new business owners through the process of state and local regulatory compliance with regard to health, fire and building codes. Richard holds a California State Real Estate Brokers License.

  • Thomas Barton

    Internet Marketing Coordinator

    Responsible for managing over 200+ restaurant, bar and nightclub listings on RRC's website spanning across Northern and Southern California. Update 10+ listing websites with current information and changes that agents dictate through email communication. Create and deliver a bi-monthly e-newsletter that highlights the company’s price reduced, featured and new listings and consistently generates a high open and click rate.

  • Jeremy Broekman

    Creative / Marketing Director

    As an expert in marketing, branding, advertising, social media, graphic design and website development, Jeremy trains corporate, entertainment industry, real estate, and start-up C-suite and V-suite executives. Jeremy leads professional teams to launch successful marketing/advertising campaigns, {re}branding campaigns, effective publicity/promotions and PR strategies. He coaches and consults individuals and teams in the areas of business development, brand strategy and social media. Jeremy is a Spartan racer, charismatic connector and master networker. Drawing on his extensive entertainment publicity and corporate marketing experience, his presentations are highly motivational and energizing, showing senior leadership teams how to collaborate cohesively, overcome obstacles and develop a shared vision/mission.