Deep Dish Live

Ryn is the founder and host of the Facebook Series,

Deep Dish Live: Discussions on the Business of Restaurants for Restaurateurs,
Restaurant Buyers and Sellers and the Restaurant Curious.

The series streams semi-monthly from a San Francisco Bay Area restaurant and covers topics relevant to restaurant buyers, sellers and owner-operators. Each episode offers qualifying participants the chance to win a gift card from
the host restaurant.

Episode XXIV: When the Restaurant Seller owns the Real Property
April 21, 2023

In this episode, Ryn discusses when the Seller of a restaurant also owns the real property and the different ways they list the restaurant for sale.The episode was streamed from The Old Western Saloon in Point Reyes Station, CA.

Episode XXIII: California ABC Type-75 Brewpub license conversions to Type-47 Full Liquor Licenses
January 26, 2023

In this episode, Ryn discusses new legislation with the California Alcohol and Beverage Control that now allows for Type-75 Brewpub licenses to be converted to Type-47 full liquor licenses.

EPISODE XXII: The UP, UP, Upside of securing an SBA loan for first time restaurant buyers
November 21, 2022

In episode 22, Ryn discusses how buyers with a lot of industry experience (but not a lot of money) can secure an SBA loan to purchase a successful restaurant with a high list price and why this can be counter-intuitive for first time buyers.

Episode XXI – How to Choose a Broker to Sell your Restaurant
October 26, 2022

In this episode, Ryn details 5 questions to ask a business broker when choosing an agent to sell your restaurant and hopefully avoid potentially stressful situations during escrow.

Episode XX – Restaurant Franchises: A Few Thoughts.
September 21, 2022

In this episode, Ryn shares her thoughts on restaurant franchises versus independently operated restaurants: there are a lot of pros and a few, heavy hitting cons. Episode XX live streamed from Nick the Greek in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, CA.

Episode XIX – Why do Restaurants Fail and How
Does can that Affect a Restaurant Sale?
August 24, 2022

In this episode, Ryn explores 5 reasons restaurants fail (these reasons appear on every list of this type and Ryn challenges a few of them). She also adds a “Sleeper Wave” reason that she has seen take down even the most popular of restaurants. Episode XIX streamed live from Asahi Ramen & Izakaya in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, CA.

Episode XVIII – Restaurant Lease Listing vs Restaurant Business Listing: What’s What?
June 29, 2022

Does it seem like restaurant spaces listed as lease opportunities are few and far between? Yes and in this episode, Ryn explains some of the reasons why. Episode XVIII streamed live from Downtown Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, CA.

Episode XVII–SBA Lending for Restaurants and Small Businesses…or Not.
April 19, 2022

In this video, Ryn discusses SBA lending for restaurants and small businesses, and how the approval process can differ depending on the lending institution.The episode streamed live from Wild Goat Bistro in Petaluma, CA.

Episode XVI–The ins and outs of the option to extend clause in a commercial lease
March 17, 2022

Ryn discusses the ins and outs of the option to renew or extend a lease which allows the tenant to continue to lease a property if the tenant exercises its right to renew before the expiration of the current lease term. The episode streamed live from Lo & Behold Bar + Kitchen in Healdsburg, CA.

Episode XV – Percentage leases and restaurants; are they a good fit?
February 16, 2022

Percentage leases can be a great fit for restaurants, but remember to account for total occupancy costs when negotiating the percentage of gross sales. This episode streamed live from the Legit Provisions in St Helena, Napa County, CA.

Episode XIV– When are restaurant commercial leases too high?
December 18, 2021

Ryn describes the difference between rent and occupancy costs and how a short calculation using annual occupancy costs as a percentage of gross sales can illuminate whether or not the restaurant tenant can “afford the rent”. Episode XIV streamed live from Brickmaiden Breads in Point Reyes Station, Marin County, CA.

Episode XIII– The health department change of ownership site review: it’s a thing.
November 18, 2021

At the change of ownership and depending on the restaurant’s location, there may be rather robust health department requirements mandated before a new health permit will be issued to the buyer. Ryn discusses this and offers a few real-life scenarios. Episode XIII streamed live from Three Leaves Foods in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, CA.

Episode XII– Type 41, 47/48 and Type-75 Liquor Licenses.
October 21, 2021

Ryn continues the discussion of liquor license transfers, buying them on the open market and applying for an original. In particular, she discusses Type 41, 47/48 and Type-75 licenses. Episode XII streamed live from Parish Cafe in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, CA.

Episode XI – Liquor Licenses; what’s the deal?!
September 22, 2021

In most counties in California, full liquor licenses are only available on the open market and prices (seem to) vary wildly. Ryn discusses this and why work with a restaurant broker vs a liquor license broker on the purchase or sale of a Type-47 or 48 license. This episode streamed live from Mas Masa in Fairfax in Marin County, CA.

Episode X – Sell my Restaurant Fast
August 17, 2021

Ryn discusses the components needed on both the buy and sell side for a restaurant sale and transfer to happen quickly. This episode streamed live from the Healdsburg Plaza and the Downtown Bakery & Creamery in Healdsburg, CA.

Episode IX – Restaurant List Price vs Selling Price: Why Can This Be A Moving Target?
July 29, 2021

Ryn discusses how restaurant list prices are determined, and what factors could impact the eventual sales price of a restaurant. This episode was recorded at Flour Chylde Gluten Free Bakery in Novato, CA. https://flourchyldebakes.com/

Episode VIII – Restaurant Buyers: Why Does it Seem So Cumbersome to Find the
Right Restaurant?

Ryn discusses the reasons why restaurant sale confidentiality can make the restaurant buying search difficult. Café manager, Jared Potts, offers a tour of the facility, outdoor seating and some the most popular menu items.

Episode VII – Selling Your Restaurant: What Every Restaurant Owner Should Know Part II
May 19, 2021

Ryn continues her discussion of what every restaurant owner should know before selling their restaurant. She breaks down what to expect throughout the entire restaurant selling process, including how to calculate the restaurant sales price. This episode is perfect for both restaurant operators who are thinking about selling and restaurant operators who have never thought about selling.

Episode VI – Selling your Restaurant: What Every Restaurant Owner
Should Know

Ryn discusses the details of selling a restaurant that are equally important to owners ready to sell as to those who have never considered selling. This episode live-streamed from Grata Italian Eatery in Windsor, CA and featured a $100 gift card to Grata* *The owners of Grata generously matched the gift card giveaway

Episode V – The Covid Effect on Current Restaurant Sale Prices.
March 17, 2021

Ryn discusses the effect Covid has on sale prices due to inconsistent cash flow during 2020 and surprisingly, the news is good. She is joined by her friend and owner of Roma’s Ristorante Italiano in San Francisco, Matt Leum.

Episode IV – What is a Restaurant Broker and why would you ever need one?
February 24, 2021

Ryn discusses restaurant brokerage, what it is, and the value of working with an experienced restaurant broker. She is joined by Cozy Plum Bistro co-owners Charles White and Lisa Le Donne to discuss the exciting offerings at this new plant-based restaurant. The event streamed live from Cozy Plum Bistro in Santa Rosa, CA and featured a $100* gift card giveaway

Episode III: Restaurant prices on the open market: why do they vary so much?
February 10, 2021

Ryn discusses why restaurant list prices vary so wildly on the open market. Chef/owner Dustin Valette joins Ryn to discuss the patio, the menu and the offerings at Valette Restaurant during the current Covid restrictions. The event streamed on Facebook Live from Valette Restaurant in Healdsburg, CA with a $100 gift card giveaway.

Episode II: Renegotiating restaurant lease terms now and post Covid success.
January 27, 2021

In Episode II of Deep Dish Live, Ryn continues the conversation from Episode I with a special guest real estate attorney and founder of CRE Radio and TV, Howard Kline. There are some segments edited-in due to some technical difficulties during the live broadcast. Howard and I are going to cover a handful of topics but in particular: What is currently happening now, under the covid restrictions, for restaurant operations and what Howard recommends clients to do in order to position themselves for success after the restrictions are lifted and for their restaurant’s success moving into the next few years.

Episode I: Renegotiating restaurant lease terms now for post Covid success.

January 13, 2021

Ryn discusses renegotiating restaurant lease terms for restaurant survival in the short term and restaurant success in the long term as we recover from the Covid pandemic. Right now, during all the turmoil and the unknown future state of the restaurant industry, there is also a fascinating and extremely unique opportunity for restaurant operators to renegotiate current lease terms to best support post-Covid success. And why is this such a big deal? Because once a lease is in place it’s very rare that restaurant lease terms are renegotiated and, as many of you are well aware, lease terms can be locked in for 5, 10 up to 15 or 20 years.