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

Broker License # 00976818

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Restaurant Broker with agents in the SF Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County & Sacramento


Indicates membership in The California Association of Business Brokers (CABB).


The CABB Certified Business Broker (CBB) certification distinguishes its holder as a seasoned professional who has a solid educational background, proven accomplishments in completing deals, and an active membership in the CABB.


Restaurant Realty Company


Restaurant Realty Company was founded by Steven D. Zimmerman in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1996. Since inception the company has developed into the largest California restaurant brokerage specializing in sales, acquisitions and leasing of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and related commercial buildings with local representation in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego markets. Restaurant Realty’s brokers and agents are well versed in conducting deals with independent restaurant owners, landlords, buyers, and lessees of businesses and real estate, as well as larger ownership groups and buyers of multi-unit operations, franchises and chains. Restaurant Realty’s current brokers and agents have had great success completing transactions with over 2,000 clients, selling/leasing over 1,300 restaurant, bar and/or nightclub businesses, nearly 50 related commercial buildings sold, representing over 2.6 Million square feet of commercial space leased and over 4,000 valuations completed.

Services Offered

The company specializes in sales, acquisitions and leasing of restaurants, bars and clubs throughout California.
Restaurant Realty Company provides services to buyers, sellers, landlords, developers, franchises, chains, CPAs, attorneys, estates, and to other brokers.

Business Owners - Seller Services for restaurant, bar and nightclub owners

* Seller Representation for businesses & real estate
* Lease Renewal Representation
* Sales Packaging
* Restaurant Valuations

Landlord & Developers - Services for owners of real estate that is suited for restaurants, bars or nightclubs.

* Landlord Lease Representation
* Tenant Search Representation
* Market Rent Analysis

Professionals - Services for attorneys, CPAs, courts, estate managers and other professionals seeking a restaurant expert.

* Valuations
* Court Appointee

Buyer services for prospective buyers and restaurant investors

* Purchase Representation for businesses & real estate
* Lease Renewal Representation
* Unsolicited Offer Representation
* Valuations

Franchises & Chains - Services for owners of multi-unit operations, franchise companies and individual franchisers.

* Sales Representation
* Lease Representation
* Acquisition Representation

Commercial & Residential Real Estate Professionals - Services for real estate professionals looking to help clients with a restaurant expert.

* Referrals
* Joint Representation


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.

Steve is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and University of San Francisco’s School of Business. He holds a California State Real Estate Brokers License (License #01310250), State of California College Teaching Certificate, and he has earned the industry’s top designations for advanced education which include: the Certified Business Broker (CBB) designation awarded by the California Association of Business Brokers (CABB), the Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) designation awarded by the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) and the Mergers and Acquisitions Mastery Intermediary (M&AMI) designation awarded by the Mergers and Acquisitions Source (M&A Source). Steve was awarded the Fellow of IBBA (FIBBA) for his leadership role in teaching courses and conducting workshops at IBBA educational events and he has been a Co-Star Power Broker recipient for multiple years.
Steve has lectured at Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, taught management courses at San Francisco City College Hotel and Restaurant School and the former School for Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management at Golden Gate University. Steve has been a regular guest lecturer at the California Culinary Academy (CAA) in San Francisco for several years. He currently teaches the CABB Principles of Business Brokerage Course and IBBA Restaurant Sales, Valuation and Lease Analysis Course to real estate brokers and agents.

He is a member of the California Association of Business Brokers (CABB) and is on the Education Committee. At HFLA, a non profit lending institution, Steve currently holds the following positions; Vice President, Chairman of the Business Loan Committee, Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Additionally Steve is a member of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, California Restaurant Association, Cornell University Hotel Society, Cornell University Real Estate Council, the International Association of Business Brokers (IBBA) and Mergers & Acquisitions Source (M & A Source). Steve’s non-profit work has included participation on the Board of Directors of the following organizations: California Association of Business Brokers (CABB), the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, the JCF of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, the MJCC and the Northern California Cornell Alumni Association. Additionally Steve has participated in the Marin Homeless Coalition Lunch Program for over 10 years.

Steve has extensive experience as an expert witness and works regularly with many attorneys and the courts regarding valuations, leases and acquisition and disposition matters.

Areas Served

  • San Francisco County, CA
  • Los Angeles County, CA
  • Orange County, CA
  • San Diego County, CA
  • Riverside County, CA
  • Santa Clara County, CA
  • San Mateo County, CA
  • Alameda County, CA
  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Sacramento County, CA

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  • AFFILIATIONS: * California Association of Business Brokers (CABB). Board member, Education Committee. * International Association of Business Brokers (IBBA) * Mergers & Acquisitions Source (M & A Source) * HFLA, a non profit lending institution. Vice President, Chairman of the Business Loan Committee, Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. * Golden Gate Restaurant Association * California Restaurant Association * Cornell University Hotel Society * Cornell University Real Estate Council HONORS & AWARDS * Mergers and Acquisitions Mastery Intermediary (M&AMI) Designation Awarded * Fellow of the IBBA * IBBA Chairman's Circle Award and IBBA Deal Maker Award * CoStar Power Broker in 2015 and 2016 * Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) Designation Awarded * Certified Business Broker (CBB) Designation Awarded * ?Certified Business Broker (CBB) Designation Awarded??Jan 2000 * State of California Life Time College Teaching Certificate * LLoyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Young Leadership? * Eagle Scout? - ?Troop 14, San Francisco, Boy Scouts of America? PUBLICATIONS: * Author of 'Restaurant Dealmaker - An Insider's Trade Secrets For Buying a Restaurant, Bar or Club' * Author of 160+ Restaurant Rap Articles - website, Linkedin Pulse and Medium * WEBINARS conducted by Steve Zimmerman


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