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Join us for Episode #28 of
🎙The Restaurant Dealmaker Show🎙
Thursday, June 27, 2024

San Anselmo

Donna Seymour is the owner of Cucina, a popular Italian restaurant & cocktail bar in San Anselmo that has been satisfying diners for over 24 years.

Donna started working in restaurants at the age of 22, as she was finishing up college at UC Davis. She worked at Domaine Chandon in Yountville, originally as summer help in the tasting room, and eventually as the assistant manager to the Dining Room at Domaine Chandon, then a four-star restaurant. She went on to working in restaurants in San Francisco for many years, becoming the manager at Jackson Fillmore Trattoria in 1991. In 1998, she moved to San Anselmo, in Marin County, and opened Cucina Jackson Fillmore. In 2003, Cucina dropped the association with Jackson Fillmore and became Cucina sa, when it moved to it’s current location at 510 San Anselmo Avenue, in Downtown San Anselmo. In 2019, Donna bought a liquor license and added a full bar to the already thriving restaurant. Throughout Covid, Cucina and Donna continually innovated to keep open. One of those ideas was bottling cocktails for sale to go, and building the first parklet in downtown San Anselmo, which is still being used for great outdoor dining. In 2021, Donna added lunch to Cucina’s hours of operation, and in 2023 she started Happy Hour from Tuesday-Friday, 3-5 pm. Cucina has several dining rooms, and therefore can accommodate groups from 12-50. Donna was awarded Business Person of the Year in 2023 by Spirits of Marin awards, sponsored by the Bank of Marin. She supports many local schools and charitable foundations, and hires and trains a lot of the young adults from her community. Cucina has been going strong for 26 years.


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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