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🎙 The Restaurant Dealmaker Show 🎙

Meet Restaurateur Sondra Bernstein, founder of girl & the fig in Sonoma, the fig café & winebar in Glen Ellen, a unique event space known as Suite D with a full-service catering company, author of two books, and former co-host of a weekly podcast called The Bite Goes On.

Thurs 10/27/2022 at 11:30am


Sondra is the founder of the girl & the fig in Sonoma, the fig café & winebar in Glen Ellen, and a unique event space in Sonoma known as Suite D with a full-service catering company. She is the author of the girl & the fig Cookbook and Plats du Jour: the girl & the fig’s Journey through the Seasons in Wine Country and was a co-host of The Bite Goes On podcast talking about all things food. In addition to these businesses, The Sonoma FIG Foundation Fund was established in December of 2016. The Fund offers grants to nonprofit organizations that help startup entrepreneurs with funding in food, farming, food media, wine and spirits, restaurants, artisanal food production or new projects for existing businesses.

Over the past twenty-four years the girl & the fig has made its mark in Wine Country and has been a longtime favorite for both locals and visitors to the area. In 2012, Sondra was celebrated as “Person of the Year”, alongside partner John Toulze by Hospice du Rhône, an international vintners association at their 20th anniversary event for their commitment to promoting Rhône wines. In 2016, she received the Lifetime Achievement award from The Rhône Rangers for the same efforts.

One sure thing that can be said about Sondra Bernstein is that, as an authentic Restaurateur, her restaurants were created as a true expression of her personality. Sondra stepped back from operations last year to revisit her passion for the arts. She is spending her time creating digital art, AI collage, building in the metaverse and curating art exhibits for artists all over the world.

Join restaurant industry veteran Steve Zimmerman, Principal Broker and Founder of Restaurant Realty in a 1-on-1 fireside chat with restaurant owners, managers,investors and high profile industry clientele sharing their restaurant deal making experiences, success stories, challenges, and more.

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About your Host

Steven Zimmerman

Steven Zimmerman has personally sold/leased over 800 restaurant, bar or club businesses, many commercial buildings and completed over 2,500 valuations since 1996. His real estate experience also includes sales, acquisitions, management and ownership of numerous properties throughtout California including restaurants, hotels, apartment buildings and single family homes. Prior to starting Restaurant Realty Company Steven had over 20 years of restaurant experience and was President and CEO of Zim’s Restaurants, which was one of the largest privately owned restaurant chains in the San Francisco Bay Area. Steven is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Business Administration and Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. He holds a California State Real Estate Brokers License (Lic. ID#01310250), State of California Lifetime 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 and the Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) designation awarded by the International Business Brokers Association. Steven has lectured at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and has taught management courses at San Francisco City College Hotel and Restaurant School and the former School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management at Golden Gate University. Steven has been a regular guest lecturer at the California Culinary Academy (CCA) in San Francisco for several years and he currently teaches the principles of business brokerage to other real estate brokers. He is a member of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, California Restaurant Association, Cornell University’s Hotel Society, Cornell University’s Real Estate Council, California Association of Business Brokers (CABB) and the International Association of Business Brokers (IBBA). Steven serves on the CABB Board of Directors and Education committee and he serves on the HFLA (a non-profit institutional lender) Board of Directors and is Vice Chairman of the HFLA Business Loan committee. Steven has been a regular speaker at the International Association of Business Brokers international conferences.

About Restaurant Realty

Now celebrating our 26th year, Restaurant Realty Company® has a successful track record helping over 3,000 clients in completing Hundreds of Millions of Dollars of Business and Real Estate Transactions including the following: Selling/leasing over 1,500 restaurant, bar and/or nightclub businesses, Selling over 60 related commercial buildings,  Leasing over 3 Million square feet of commercial space and Completing over 5,000 valuations. The majority of our staff have either owned and/or managed restaurants. Our deep experience as operators means we understand your business from the inside out. Restaurant Realty has Closed Escrow and/or Leased 180+ Deals during Covid! For more information, please visit