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SD Mayer & Associates is a fast-growing, full-service, community-minded accounting, advisory and outsourced accounting firm.

Join us for Episode #26 of
🎙The Restaurant Dealmaker Show🎙
Thursday, April 25, 2024

SD MAYER & ASSOCIATES, Managing Partner

At the intersection of ambition, vision, and relentless dedication stands Steve Mayer, the mastermind behind SD Mayer & Associates. With San Francisco as its backdrop, this accounting, consulting, and wealth management firm is a testament to Steve’s visionary spirit and unwavering commitment to excellence. Steve Mayer has over 40 years of professional experience working with individuals, and public and private businesses. Steve has been a consultant and business advisor in the restaurant industry since 1980 and has been a founder and owner of multiple restaurants, including Aqua, Scott’s Seafood and Café de la Presse. He has also advised over 10-15 restaurant groups over the years on acquisition, dissolution, expansion, financing, systems, accounting, and tax services. He recently spoke at the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Conference, with over 350 attendees and 60 speakers and which has been featured in Restaurant Hospitality, NerdWallet, OpenTable’s blog, Yelp’s blog and the Huffington Post.


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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 1000 restaurant, bar or club businesses, over 40 commercial buildings and completed over 3,000 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 with 37 restaurants during its history. 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, the Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) designation awarded by the International Business Brokers Association and the Mergers and Acquisition Mastery Intermediary designation (M&AMI) awarded by the Mergers & Acquisitions Source (M & A Source).  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), the International Association of Business Brokers (IBBA) and Mergers & Acquisitions Source (M & A Source).  Steven serves on HFLA (a non-profit institutional lender) as immediate Past President, Chairman of the Nominating and Board Development Committee and Loan Committee and member of the Board of Directors, Executive, Loan and Audit Committees.

About Restaurant Realty

Now celebrating our 28th year, Restaurant Realty Company® has a successful track record helping over 3,200 clients in completing over $1,000,000,000 (billion) of Business and Real Estate Transactions including the following: Selling/leasing over 1,600 restaurant, bar and/or nightclub businesses, Selling over 70 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 325+ Deals since Covid! For more information, please visit