Jim Pate, CBB

Jim Pate, CBB

Certified Business Broker and Listing Transaction Agent for Restaurant Realty

“I am grateful for the opportunity help restaurant owners with the next great adventure. I enjoy helping new restaurant owners get started and help make their dream come true.” ~Jim Pate


Jim Pate is a certified restaurant broker who focuses on helping buyers and sellers in Northern California. He brings to his clients a wealth of experience in the foodservice industry. With over 30 years of experience as a chef working at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Oregon State University as well as ten years of experience as an owner/ operator of a successful restaurant, which he sold in 2016, Jim has firsthand knowledge of the ins and outs of the restaurant industry. He also holds fifteen years of experience working as a consultive foodservice salesman for leading national companies.

 Jim Pate’s passion and understanding of the business as a whole enables him to assist both buyers and sellers throughout the transaction process. He has been recognized for his extraordinary commitment to excellence by helping restaurant owners solve problems and increase their profits and growth. He truly has “walked a mile” in his clients’ shoes and works tirelessly on their behalf to get the deal done.


“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”
Jim Pate Restaurant Broker Los Angeles

Teddy Roosevelt


With his decades of business knowledge and experience, Jim finds it rewarding to help individuals realize their dreams of owning a restaurant. He listens carefully to find out what his clients really want so he can help them achieve their goals. 


Jim  is a Certified Business Broker and  member of the California Association of Business Brokers (CABB) and International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) and holds a California Real Estate License.


Jim works with Restaurant Realty Company, which specializes in sales, acquisitions and leasing of restaurants, bars and clubs throughout California. Restaurant Realty Company provides services to buyers, sellers, landlords, developers, franchises, chains, CPAs, attorneys, estates, and to other brokers.

  • Jim Pate has been with Restaurant Realty Company for a few years and is an asset to our team.  He takes the initiative, follows through, and always thinks out of the box.  Jim is one of the company's top-producing brokers, and we're grateful to have Jim as a member of our team.

    Steve Zimmerman Founder, Restaurant Realty Company

  • “Jim has been great to work with on the lease assignment which was an incredibly complicated deal. I would highly recommend Jim to any seller buyer or landlord. He will stay with it till it’s done “-

    George Manojlovic Senior Vice President Fairbourne Properties

  • Jim has been incredibly knowledgeable, and patient. His experience in owning a restaurant and his knowledge when it comes to food has made the entire buying/starting process seamless. Would highly recommend to anyone who needs a restaurant broker that can empathize with their restaurants’ needs. He shows his willingness to go above and beyond for his clients

    Domenico Testa Domenico Testa , Restaurant Owner

  • Jim Pate has been great to work with. He always puts his clients first.

    Scott Cisneros VP/SBA Commercial loans, Union Bank

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