Entrepreneur Steven Sponder has created, founded, co-founded, backed and owned eight award-winning Restaurants including The Palace Grill (Santa Barbara, CA.), Palazzio (Montecito, CA.), Cafe Orleans (Santa Barbara, CA.) Orleans Express (Honolulu, Hawaii), Sublime (Fort Lauderdale, FL.) and NN Burger (VA.). He also created the concept for the C&O Trattoria (Los Angeles, CA.)
His Restaurant ownership history in California, Hawaii, Florida and Virginia has included a wide variety of cuisines and service styles including authentic Cajun-Creole, Caribbean, family-style Italian, fine-dining Organic and most recently, fast-casual Craft Burgers.
In addition, he founded two Information Technology companies – one backed by U.S. and European Venture Capitalists and selected for a joint-venture partnership with AOL-Time Warner before being acquired, and another selected for a partnership with Microsoft Corporation.
Sponder has appeared in publications including USA Today, The New York Times, Bon Appetit and Gourmet Magazine. The Nation’s Restaurant News credits Sponder with developing a unique “Team-Service” system that is now used by countless restaurants around the world to improve efficiencies and guest service.
Since launching his first restaurant 30 years ago at age 23, his restaurants have served millions of satisfied guests – including 5 United States Presidents.
Mr. Sponder continues to participate in select business opportunities.