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Todd Kniess of Liaison Bistro

By in 2001 - Volume 3

Todd Kniess opened his new Berkeley restaurant LIAISON at 1849 Shattuck Avenue (at the corner of Hearst) in March 2001 after a lifetime of experience in the business. Todd was raised in Connecticut as the son of a caterer. He eventually graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and then worked for a number of companies including the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Naples, Florida, the Fairmont Hotel in New Orleans, and most recently under the guidance of Chef Roland Passot and Entrepreneur Edward Levine as Chef De Cuisine of The Left Bank restaurants in Larkspur and Menlo Park.

With so much experience working for others, Todd decided to bring his own brand of French bistro cooking to the edge of the “gourmet ghetto” of Berkeley after working with Restaurant Realty to find an appropriate location. He serves the entrees homestyle on oversized platters which gives diners a chance to take a taste of everything that is being served. The menu is a reflection of Todd’s training. He also has managed to keep the prices reasonable in order to become a frequented spot.

Good luck to the young chef on his first endeavor on his own.

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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