More testimonials for Steven Josovitz

Okyun Lee

Owner of Olle’s Kitchen

5 stars are not enough. He deserves 10 if I could give him that! This late hot summer day in August, I decided to sell my restaurant and had an urge to discuss this with a broker. I looked up online to find some brokers and started to call them and left them voice mails. Then I came across Steve at Shumacher Group, who was highly rated on Google. I called expecting a voice mail greeting.Then surprisingly there was a human voice on the other line and it was Steve himself. We completed the entire application process at that first call. I was a bit reluctant at first about moving forward so fast as I usually like to take my time about things. However, after I began to talk with him, I started to realize the depth of his knowledge as a restaurant broker. He seems to know every aspect and detail of ATL restaurant sales. Not to mention, later I found out he used to be an owner and chef himself so he knows what you are going through. Not just pushing the papers. I was very impressed. And he impressed me all the way to the closing. Whenever I had any questions to ask in email, text or a call, he usually got back to me in minutes whether it’s morning or night. As mentioned in some of the reviews, I did wonder if he sleeps at all. He also has a good sense of humor and is very diligent about entertaining his clients. I signed on the closing papers today ( the 17th of Oct, 2017) and I felt like this was a little guerrilla project well-done and win win for everyone. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him. Though I can’t guarantee my experience with him would be the same to yours since there are so many different factors in restaurant sales but if you are considering selling yours, first consult with Steve and you will be ahead of the game. From a very happy seller.

Ray Stanjevich
Owner of 7-Unit
Friends American Grill

“Steve Josovitz did an amazing job of bringing us some of the top names in the restaurant business.  We were able choose from the best, and could not be happier with our new tenant’s, “The Big Ketch Roswell”.  Thank you for your professionalism Steve.  We know where to go if we ever want to open another restaurant!”

Julie & Rick Hayes
Flying Pig Capital, LLC.

Steve did an amazing job staying in communication during the deal and after the closing. By far he is the best broker I have dealt with. Steven made a 700K purchase simple and quick. I would recommend Steve for anyone buying or selling a restaurant.

Jason Patel
Five Guys

“Steve is the Alpha Broker for Atlanta restaurants. A relentless problem-solver he will walk through walls to ensure a successful transaction for both buyers and seller.”

Tony Kamin
Executive Chairman
Clean Plate Restaurants Inc.


The restaurant purchase has been a huge success. I spent many hours online looking at hundreds of restaurants for sale and talking to many brokers. After talking to you it was easy to finally pin down the restaurant I wanted to purchase, make the offer and close the deal. The business was a perfect fit for me and it is making much more profit than I expected since the day I purchased it. I now have the freedom to be my own boss and more time to spend with my family. I am actually planning to buy another restaurant soon because of this great success. Thank you very much!

Jon Reed
Tooey’s ( Former Taco Mac )

When it came time for us to restructure our business, the thought of selling a few of our restaurants seemed overwhelming. Where do we start? What is the selling price? Who would be a potential buyer? How long would it take? After much wasted time spent on which direction to go in, we remembered an old friend who we knew was the best in the business. I wish someone would have told us before we wasted our valuable time that the only thing we needed to do was make one single phone call. We called Steve and explained our thoughts. Within what felt like minutes, our restaurants were listed on several sites and were in the hands of other brokers. Two weeks later our restaurant was sold for a price that was higher than what we originally anticipated. The only thing I had to know was when and where the closing was going to happen.

The communication we received wasn’t too little or too much, we knew every step of the way who was looking and how high their interest was, but at the same time we were not in any way pestered with useless info, only the highlights were brought to our attention.

The sum up our experience I can say this, if you are serious about selling your restaurant in the most quick, easy, stress-free, professional manner, then call Steve.

Patrick Albrecht,
CFO Great Food Group Inc.

Steve Josovitz was the finest commercial real estate broker I have ever used! Steve’s market knowledge and experience enabled me to correctly price my space and he brought me a qualified tenant within three weeks. Steve is high energy, honest and knows how to make a deal happen, everything I was looking for in a broker.

Larry Lioy
Peachtree Properties

Steve Josovitz is by far the one person you should call if you need your business sold!! I have known him to still be at his desk working at 2:00 A. M. trying to sell mine. The man gets results. PERIOD!!

Mike Kent
Little Five Points Pizza

Working with Steve was very seamless and professional. I look forward to hopefully working with Steve in the future.

Stuart Ottinger
Another Broken Egg


I just wanted to take a minute of your time and express a sincere “Thank You” for the help in the purchase of The Study in historic downtown Canton.  I appreciate all the attention, the advice and the follow through.  I will keep you in my thoughts if I ever decided to get a second business.
Thank you again for everything.
Chris Biro
The Study

Dear Steve,
You and The Shumacher Group had been highly recommended to us and these rave reviews proved to be true!  You sold our small business in a timely manner, were always available to us and provided us with personalized service and sound advice. It was a pleasure working with you. Thank you for selling our restaurant!
Lars and Penny Lind
Former Owners of College Grill

Dear Steve,

I cannot tell you how happy we are with you and the Shumacher team.  From day one you were right on track and listened to exactly what we wanted out of a broker…needless to say you came thru!!!! In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined selling our pizzeria in Canton so quickly. Seriously, 2 days must be a record!!! Even the closing was smooth and painless. Thank you so much for everything… especially the assurance that comes with choosing Shumacher, and your commitment even after the sale is complete.
Susan and Gabe Ricciardelli

Steve Josovitz is very adept at matching the right buyer with a seller. He is the consummate professional. Knowledgeable, understanding of critical issues and hard drive.
Michael Gavenchak The Titan Agency

Steve, I feel obligated to tell you how much I appreciate the way you responded to my after hours request late last Friday. I had just received from my out of town client a group of your listings that he would like to visit starting early the next morning. With your full schedule that evening you took the time to brief me on each listing we would be visiting and within minutes after our conversation e-mailed me the the forms that needed to be filled out to protect the privacy of your clients. This should be the norm in our industry but unfortunately it is not. I was even more surprised when you contacted me at 7pm on Saturday to see how my showings went. It was very positive for me to work with someone that places their client’s needs first no matter what they may be. I look forward to working with you in the near future.
Michael Dennis, Broker

“Steve – You are the man! Thanks again for bringing us all together with Daryl and Brent of Raving Brands in buying the two Famous and “Original” Flying Biscuit Cafe’s. It was a pleasure working with you. You are definitely the BEST in the business and my broker of choice!”
Joseph & Matthew Hsiao
Owner/Operator, The Flying Biscuit Cafe – Candler Park & Midtown

Just a short note to tell you that our experience with you and your fine company, “The Shumacher Group” was nothing short of outstanding! You had spent undue time sorting through all the potential opportunities until we finally chose Olde Towne Tavern & Grille in Suwanee. It was the perfect fit for us and with your guidance, helped us bring the opportunity home. There really isn’t enough words to express how pleased we are with our selection brought to us by you and your firm. Let me say this, “that anyone looking to purchase a restaurant in Atlanta, Steve Josovitz and the Shumacher Group are the right professionals to aid you in your purchase of a restaurant”. My hats off to you and please have anyone contact me if they want to get the skinny on you and your fine firm.
Thanks again for all your help,
Robert J Moravek Sr., President

Steve, I feel compelled to let You, Shumacher, and the Restaurant Real Estate community know what a pleasure it has been to work with you. In all three deals we have worked together on, you have been professional,thorough, and enjoyable to work with. Your committment to getting deals done is evident in every step of the process and I can not thank you enough for all your help in making my Restaurant career a successful one…All the best,
Mike Burdock
(Purchased Tavern at Medlock, Mosaic Buckhead and Cippolini)

Dear Steve,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your excellent help, guidance and courtesy during the period of negotiation in the sale of a business of one of our tenants. As the landlord, I appreciated greatly your way of doing things, politeness and stick-to-it-ness.
Once again, I thank you,
Robert Foah Landlord
Twisted Taco Midtown

Steve was a tremendous help from beginning to end on the sale of the Five Spot. We are very pleased with his professionalism, knowledge and humor! He was very pleasant to work with and we are looking forward to working with him again in our future ventures.
Thank you again Steve!
Bryan and May Aust, Owners of Five Spot

Steve Josovitz and The Shumacher Group leased my in-town restaurant space in less than sixty days in the most challenging market ever seen. Not only that, but they presented a number of serious, qualified prospects from which to choose. The exposure I received was top notch.
Scott Stern
Highlands Real Estate

Steve, A very belated thank you for your efforts and most importantly your results in securing the WaterHaven site. You have a tenacity toward getting the deal done and relentless approach that is rare to find. It not only made this deal happen but happen in a way that should insure success. Even with the multiple parties involved you managed to bring the resources to bear to keep the process moving to a very satisfactory conclusion.
Your insights into the market as well as he industry helped frame the negotiating points and kept everyone at the table until the lease was signed. I hope we get the chance to work together again in the future. Thanks again,
Joe McCarthy
WaterHaven Restaurant

Steve Josovitz makes things happen!!! He’s aggressive, professional and is a dealmaker not a dealbreaker. In Atlanta his name is on more deals than any other broker I know. Highly recommended.
Pierre Panos
Brookstone Management
(Stoney River Grill, Brookwood Grill, F20)

Steve, I just wanted to write a note to thank you for all your help. I was in a terrible situation and you came up with an amazing performance. I never thought my problem would get solved, but you came up with a solution that stopped the losses and was a big winner for the buyer. I want to thank you for all the support you gave me through the process. I really appreciate how you took a personal interest in me and worked tirelessly for what was, let’s face it, not that big of a fee. Thanks again for your help. If anyone ever needs a reference, please use me.
Gregory S. Vojnovic, Bridgetown Grill
(Currently Vice President of Development, Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits)

Steve Josovitz was a pleasure to work with. He made a difficult transaction process easy on everyone involved. We really appreciated his experience and knowledge in the restaurant brokerage arena, and would certainly be happy to do business with him again soon. I would highly recommend his services to anyone looking for an outstanding restaurant broker.
Jack Arnold
Director, Carter

Dear Steve, Just a note to thank you for the outstanding service you provided in securing a tenant for the Sunset Grill restaurant in my Covington Village Shopping Center in Covington, GA.
Your marketing expertise and professionalism with regard to showcasing the property on your website as well as your efforts on our behalf in networking qualified restaurateurs resulted in your obtaining an outstanding tenant. Considering the current situation with the economy and the events that have been occurring in real estate, your successful efforts are to be applauded and most assuredly are appreciated.
I look forward to continuing a business relationship with you in the future.
Navin B. Shah, President
Royal Hotel Investments

Steve provided an excellent selling experience. His high energy and aggressive style complimented by a focused and efficient marketing plan produced great results. Steve’s passion, experience and shear determination set him apart from other brokers.
John Thompson
Center Cafe, Buckhead

Thanks for the Kudos, but I must confess that you put forward a good listing that was fairly priced and which we were able to easily qualify. There are two sides to the equation – I appreciate the straightforward, no nonsense approach to getting managing the seller and getting the deal sealed. If we all did this – we would get a lot more deals done. I too hope we have the opportunity to do more deals together. Best regards.
Al Thomas
Business Broker

Steve It has been a pleasure to work with you. Everything you have done to find a location for Angelico was superb. You have found us a great location. We plan to open more locations with your help.
Musa Ulusan Angelico

Working with Steve was a great pleasure on Waterhaven (former Globe space). Steve is a first class broker who works hard for his clients best interests. Regardless of what obstacles are in front of him he moves forward and gets the deal done!
Thanks again Steve! We couldn’t have done it without your help and preservation!
Nicole Hoppen
Vice President of Leasing
Kim King Associates

Steve “You never left me hanging and you went above and beyond the call of duty. I will definitely send people your way.
Damian Thrash
Pizza Capri, Woodstock

Hi Steve – I want to thank you once again for securing a Tenant for the Sunset Grille property in Covington, Georgia. As you know the Landlord needed to get someone in there quickly. As soon as he told me that the existing Tenant was struggling and on the verge of leaving I knew there was only one Broker that could help find a qualified, experienced restaurant operator quickly—–Steve Josovitz.
You can count on additional referrals from me in the future. Best Regards.
Bill Luke
Broker Greenfield Realty LLC

Shumacher Group, in particular Steve Josovitz, have proven to us that they know the restaurant industry better than any other broker in GA. Whether you are looking to buy or sell a business in the hospitality industry, these are the guys you want to be working with.
Arijit Das
Seller – ENGLISH

My experience with Steve Josovitz and The Shumacher Group was very positive. My group leased a space that he was listing and he and his firm really added value thanks to their high level of industry knowledge. I am also impressed with the amount of repeat business that he and his firm have generated. Clearly, they are doing something very right.
John Durrett, Owner
Harry Bissett’s (Pharr Road)

This was the smoothest process I have been involved in. From listing to the closing table, Steve Josovitz made things simple for all sides. Thanks Steve for all your hard work.
John & Kelly Holdridge
(Mittie’s Tea Room Cafe-Historic Norcross Village)

I had the pleasure of working on three previous occasions with Mr. Steven Josovitz, and was impressed with his level of integrity, as well as with the timely manner in which he expedited our business transactions. I am looking forward to conducting our fourth business transaction with him.
Michael Hornsteiner
The Food Merchant, Gorins, Checkers, Bainbridge Management

We purchased our first restaurant in the Atlanta area with The Shumacher Group and were thrilled with the services of Steve Josovitz through the entire undertaking. It’s quite refreshing to still be able to do business with people of integrity and talent who are able to empathize with their Client’s needs.
Luis Fernandez
Mojito’s Cuban-Amercian Bistro

I will keep this praise short and sweet, just like the multiple deals I have done with Steve Josovitz. Although Steve is a very busy man, he always finds time to accommodate my schedule to do property showings and carry out due diligence. It has always been a fast, smooth process from my decision to obtain a specific property till the time the acquisition is actually completed. On the occasion where there was much red tape to get through to obtain a property, the Shumacher Group fought in the best interest of all parties involved to reach a fair and fast settlement and transaction. Steve Josovitz and the Shumacher Group perform and deliver with the utmost integrity and professionalism. Finally, what i appreciate most about Steve Josovitz is that although he is a big dog at a big company with big clients, he took me on when i was a small “nobody” and showed me the courtesy of respect and now that I am “somebody” I acknowledge and appreciate his role in my evolution.
Robert Hayes
The Hayes Foundation and Owner of Roberto’s World Tapas

Steve has incredible intuition, connections, and experience in bringing qualified buyers to the table. Our latest transaction is a win-win-win situation for all involved!”
Glenn Powell
Founder, Agnes & Muriels

It was good working with you again with the purchase of Agnes & Muriels Restaurant. Can you believe it was 1999 when I bought Goldberg’s Bagel and Deli Co. with you? Keep up the good work. Sincerely,
David Kitfield, Jr.
Agnes & Muriels

Just wanted to let you know how much I really do appreciate all of your help! Of course you were definitely trying to make the sale, but it seemed as if you were more like a social worker trying to find a good home for a child that was up for adoption. You really cared about the business and wanted to make sure that I was right for it and it was right for me. I am not sure if I bought the restaurant or adopted it!
There were a couple of times when I had my doubts if we could work out the deal, and that’s when you really earned your keep. “Calm” is probably not a word that is usually used in the same sentence with your name, but when I was getting stressed with the details, you kept me calm and helped me get through all the hurdles. Efficient, professional -and certainly one of a kind-you win my award for best deal-maker in the business!
I hope you will stay in touch and visit us often at Voila! All my best,
Donna Ruppert

Thank you so very much for all you did.You really went out on the limb for me and I greatly appreciate that regarding the termination..I know the only reason I got the termination was due to your strong contacts.You more than earned your commission for this task alone, and both my husband and I are grateful and would only, only use you again to sell any of our businesses.We hope to grow alot and then one day, let you sell it all.You are the best in your field and it pays to use the best! I was going through a very stressful time due to my Mother’s illness and knowing I had you working with the landlord and protecting our interest was very important to us. Thanks again.
Kay Masri
Olive Bistro

Steve, thank you so much for your assistance in replacing Buffalo’s Cafe with Mulligan’s Grill at Grassland Crossing Shopping Center!! I truly appreciate the prompt, professional assistance in obtaining the required financial information which resulted in a quick turnaround of documents. I look forward to this tenant getting open for business and to our doing more deals! Thanks, again!
Angie Akins, CLS
Leasing Representative, Equity One Realty & Management SE, Inc.

Steve Josovitz at The Shumacher Group was the only Restaurant Broker we would trust to sell DuPree’s that we have owned and operated in Midtown for over fifteen years. He had Buyers from the first day and we closed just weeks later. There is no other Broker we know that has such incredible follow through, honesty and integrity and really shows a 100% commitment to his Buyers and Sellers. Amazing!!!
John DuPree

Thank you for your help in the sale of my restaurants over the last couple of years. Because of your experience and contacts you were able to bring qualified buyers to the table. Steve Josovitz had a natural ability to ‘close’ the deal. It must be that New York charm. When you needed to be in action…you were in action.
Todd M. Semrau, owner
Heaping Bowl

We were impressed and pleased by the professionalism of Steve Josovitz. He
handled our transaction enthusiastically, tenaciously and expeditiously and
we were quite happy with the outcome.
Tom McLain
Attorney At Law (on sale of 293 Pharr Road)

Steve Josovitz has been successfully helping The Derby Restaurants sell and aquire entities for almost 10 years now. And, as always, has done a great job for us again in our aquisition of a new Derby in Sugar Hill. Steve is our broker of choice
Billy Davidson
The Derby Group

Steve Josovitz has always demonstrated extreme professionalism in our many negotiations throughout the years. I always enjoy the opportunity to do business with Steve. ”
Shirley Gouffon
Vice President Retail Leasing
Selig Enterprises

Steve Josovitz helped me cap a long and succesful restaurant ownership career with the successful sale of several of my Houck’s Steaks & Seafood restaurants. His tenacity is unmatched, his enthusiasm unbridled. If you want a restaurant sold in this market, Steve Josovitz is your only choice.
Bill Houck
Former Owner of Houck’s Steaks & Seafood Restaurants

We have had the pleasure of dealing with Steve Josovitz while trying to locate a restaurant to lease after after relocating from the Cayman Islands to Atlanta. We found Steve to be very knowledeable about Atlanta and particulary its resturant industry. He was very professional in aiding us with lease negotiations and even helped us find a very competent attorney. Steve is well versed in all areas of the restaurant real estate market and should succeed on every level.
Alfred and Dawn Schrock,
Argula Restaurant

When we shop locations for a new restaurant, Steve is the only person we go to. He has his finger on the pulse of the Atlanta restaurant and real estate market. We would never consider making a move without Steve and Harold of the Shumacher Group.
Dick and Harry’s

I had a Broker trying to sell Uncle Woody’s for eight months. I called you and two weeks later it was sold and for all cash.
Jay Grover
Uncle Woody’s

“Our grand opening this past weekend was a great success, and we are certain that the store will continue to do well. We truly appreciate all of your hard work and professionalism in brokering this deal, and we look forward to working with you again in the future. Your prompt work to help us close allowed us to move , renovate, and open the 20,000 square foot store in only three weeks. Best regards.
Joseph R. Rollins, President
Jocks & Jills Sports Grill