TEAM

We are comprised of restaurant practitioners that put their money where their mouth is. We test before we invest. Our team has 100+ years of combined sector-specific experience investing, operating, successfully exiting and advising restaurant, real estate, and financial services companies. We have a network of over 21 operating restaurants spanning over 15 concepts in New York City with relationships across the entire spectrum of the hospitality, real estate and financial services industry. We offer REAL insight to solving REAL problems for restaurant operators.

BSH’s Partners have worked together in the restaurant business for over 20 years, including the formation of Branded Restaurants in 2007. In addition to restaurant expertise, the team also brings real estate, finance and sales & marketing expertise to our companies

DEAN PALIN    Principal   Dean Palin is the Co-Owner and Principal of Palin Enterprises and the owner of Branded Restaurants. He has over 25 years of real estate, development, management and hospitality experience.

DEAN PALIN

Principal

Dean Palin is the Co-Owner and Principal of Palin Enterprises and the owner of Branded Restaurants. He has over 25 years of real estate, development, management and hospitality experience.

JIMMY FRISCHLING    Managing Partner   James Frischling is an entrepreneur and experienced finance professional with a 28-year history of working in the financial services, capital markets and hospitality industry. James is a registered representative and holds his series 79, 7, 24 and 63 licenses, a B.A from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

JIMMY FRISCHLING

Managing Partner

James Frischling is an entrepreneur and experienced finance professional with a 28-year history of working in the financial services, capital markets and hospitality industry. James is a registered representative and holds his series 79, 7, 24 and 63 licenses, a B.A from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

MICHAEL SCHATZBERG    Managing Partner   Michael Schatzberg is the Managing Director for Branded Restaurants. He has over 25 years of marketing, brand development, management and hospitality experience.

MICHAEL SCHATZBERG

Managing Partner

Michael Schatzberg is the Managing Director for Branded Restaurants. He has over 25 years of marketing, brand development, management and hospitality experience.

JULIE ZUCKER    Partner & CMO   With over 13 years’ experience, Julie combines her skills in Marketing, Public Relations, Web Design and Social Media to successfully grow her businesses. She specializes in email marketing, digital campaigning, reputation management and in-store promotions and marketing.

JULIE ZUCKER

Partner & CMO

With over 13 years’ experience, Julie combines her skills in Marketing, Public Relations, Web Design and Social Media to successfully grow her businesses. She specializes in email marketing, digital campaigning, reputation management and in-store promotions and marketing.

Solomon Choi    Partner   Solomon Choi is an entrepreneur with 20 years of hospitality experience with expertise in marketing strategy and growth. Under his leadership, there have been over 50 restaurants opened in 7 states and 2 countries. Solomon is the Founder/CEO of 16 Handles, New York City's largest frozen dessert retailer which he successfully scaled through domestic and international franchise development.

Solomon Choi

Partner

Solomon Choi is an entrepreneur with 20 years of hospitality experience with expertise in marketing strategy and growth. Under his leadership, there have been over 50 restaurants opened in 7 states and 2 countries. Solomon is the Founder/CEO of 16 Handles, New York City's largest frozen dessert retailer which he successfully scaled through domestic and international franchise development.

ROBERT GUARINO    Partner   Robert has over 20 years of experience in creating, building and operating next level restaurant concepts. Throughout his career, he has maintained a focus on restaurants rooted in casual fine dining with a strong emphasis on design, food, beverage and enlightened service. Today, he proudly plots the course for a restaurant brand that celebrates so many of the core things he loves about dining out.

ROBERT GUARINO

Partner

Robert has over 20 years of experience in creating, building and operating next level restaurant concepts. Throughout his career, he has maintained a focus on restaurants rooted in casual fine dining with a strong emphasis on design, food, beverage and enlightened service. Today, he proudly plots the course for a restaurant brand that celebrates so many of the core things he loves about dining out.

STEPHEN VAN NOTE    Partner   Stephen Van Note is the COO of RBM Restaurants which operates iconic New York City restaurant brands; Sarabeth’s, Jane, and Docks Oyster Bar. He has over 25 years of entrepreneurial, operational, and concept development experience. He has also been involved in a variety of consulting, investment, and contract management ventures.

STEPHEN VAN NOTE

Partner

Stephen Van Note is the COO of RBM Restaurants which operates iconic New York City restaurant brands; Sarabeth’s, Jane, and Docks Oyster Bar. He has over 25 years of entrepreneurial, operational, and concept development experience. He has also been involved in a variety of consulting, investment, and contract management ventures.

SIMON OREN    Partner   Oren is the owner and founder of Chef Driven and Tour de France Hospitality groups. Oren’s brands and concepts are mainstays of contemporary New York dining and socializing with a strong emphasis on design, food, beverage and enlightened service.

SIMON OREN

Partner

Oren is the owner and founder of Chef Driven and Tour de France Hospitality groups. Oren’s brands and concepts are mainstays of contemporary New York dining and socializing with a strong emphasis on design, food, beverage and enlightened service.

JEFF MANN    Marketing Advisor   Jeff Mann, president and executive editor of Mann Publications, launched  Mann Report  in the spring of 1998. Over the years, the success of both these magazines has created room for the inclusion of our residential and building management titles,  Mann Report Residential  and  Mann Report Management,  respectively.

JEFF MANN

Marketing Advisor

Jeff Mann, president and executive editor of Mann Publications, launched Mann Report in the spring of 1998. Over the years, the success of both these magazines has created room for the inclusion of our residential and building management titles, Mann Report Residential and Mann Report Management, respectively.

DAVID “REV” CIANCIO    Partner   Senior Marketing Executive & Brand Evangelist with more than 20 years of experience in hospitality and food and beverage (F&B) marketing, agency ownership and management, strategic planning, lead generation, digital marketing, and brand identity development. Astute change agent adept at overhauling the brands and images of existing brands and stewarding their operations to success in the twenty-first century hospitality industry.

DAVID “REV” CIANCIO

Partner

Senior Marketing Executive & Brand Evangelist with more than 20 years of experience in hospitality and food and beverage (F&B) marketing, agency ownership and management, strategic planning, lead generation, digital marketing, and brand identity development. Astute change agent adept at overhauling the brands and images of existing brands and stewarding their operations to success in the twenty-first century hospitality industry.

JED KLECKNER    Delivery Advisor   Jed Kleckner is the CEO of delivery.com, which empowers the neighborhood economy by connecting more than 10,000 restaurants, grocers, liquor stores, caterers, and other stores with nearly 1 million customers in their neighborhoods. Jed is also a director of Cantor Ventures, the venture capital arm of Cantor Fitzgerald, which invests in and incubates marketplace focused businesses, including delivery.com.

JED KLECKNER

Delivery Advisor

Jed Kleckner is the CEO of delivery.com, which empowers the neighborhood economy by connecting more than 10,000 restaurants, grocers, liquor stores, caterers, and other stores with nearly 1 million customers in their neighborhoods. Jed is also a director of Cantor Ventures, the venture capital arm of Cantor Fitzgerald, which invests in and incubates marketplace focused businesses, including delivery.com.

MIKE WIOR    Technology Advisor    As co-founder and CEO of Omnivore, Mike Wior leads his team in bringing to market powerful and seamless technologies transforming how the hospitality industry engages with customers. Mike has an extensive background in cloud and security solutions and serves as a board member and advisory for several fast-rising restaurant technology companies.

MIKE WIOR

Technology Advisor

As co-founder and CEO of Omnivore, Mike Wior leads his team in bringing to market powerful and seamless technologies transforming how the hospitality industry engages with customers. Mike has an extensive background in cloud and security solutions and serves as a board member and advisory for several fast-rising restaurant technology companies.

DANA ZUKOFSKY    Financial Advisor   Dana has more than 10 years of experience in public accounting and four years of experience as the director of finance for a well-known restaurant company. Dana is able to advise clients on issues related to policies, procedures and growth strategies. Dana is a frequent speaker at the Restaurant CFO Bootcamp.

DANA ZUKOFSKY

Financial Advisor

Dana has more than 10 years of experience in public accounting and four years of experience as the director of finance for a well-known restaurant company. Dana is able to advise clients on issues related to policies, procedures and growth strategies. Dana is a frequent speaker at the Restaurant CFO Bootcamp.