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Bill Foss – Co-Founder of Netscape, Owner of Kenwood Restaurant & Fish

By in 2013 - Volume 15

Bill Foss is not your typical restaurateur as he comes from the high tech world. He started in high tech in 1987 working for PDI where he started as a production assistant and then became an animator. He eventually went to Wavefront where he worked on software and animation and then to Silicon Graphics in marketing where he met Jim Clark. He left with Jim to start Netscape which was best known as for it’s the web browser, which went public and then was purchased by AOL. After Netscape, Bill started an internet hosting business that became Global Crossing helping many companies including Yahoo begin their start.

After his success in the high tech field, Bill began his involvement in the restaurant business. Bill’s first venture was in 1998 with the opening of The Basin restaurant in Saratoga, CA which is a successful restaurant still operating today. In 2003, Bill then started Fish which is a busy ultra-casual harbor view restaurant in Northern Sausalito that features outstanding fresh fish sustainably harvested which is still thriving today.

Restaurant Realty had the pleasure of selling Kenwood Restaurant & Bar, the real estate and adjoining vineyards in Kenwood to Bill last month. Bill has been remodeling the restaurant for the last few weeks and will be opening in early November with the menu focusing on high quality and flavor with an emphasis on using local ingredients, defining regional cuisine and Sonoma County wines and craft beers.

Bill’s operating philosophy is that the restaurant represents the customers wants and preferences and it is imperative to take care of the customer and give him what he wants. We wish Bill continued success in all his future 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