Over a 30 year career, Restaurant Developer Steven Sponder has founded, co-founded and backed eight award-winning Restaurants in California, Hawaii, Florida and Virginia 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 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 partnership with AOL-Time Warner, 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 31 years ago at age 23, his restaurants have served millions of satisfied guests – including 5 United States Presidents.
Mr. Sponder currently Develops Restaurants and participates in select business opportunities.