Steven Sponder has been creating successful restaurants for over 25 years. The restaurants Sponder creates draw crowds year-after-year with their award-winning cuisine, entertaining atmosphere and attention to the details.
The Palace Grill®
For over a quarter-century, the award-winning cuisine, service and atmosphere at Santa Barbara, California's landmark Palace Grill (Est. 1985) has delighted millions of guests. The Palace has been featured in Gourmet Magazine, USA Today, and throughout the years, has been honored to serve culinary legends (including chef Julia Child and chef Wolfgang Puck) as well as political dignitaries including 5 U.S. Presidents.
NEWS! We are excited to announce that after 27 successful years in California, we are expanding into South Florida under the name "ORLEANS” Grille where we will serve regional American grill cuisine in a festive New Orleans inspired atmosphere. ORLEANS Grille will feature our traditional nightly toast and sing-a-long to Louis Armstrong's iconic "What A Wonderful World" and our unique style of Team Service - which the Nation’s Restaurant News called “an idea whose time has come.” To see more about ORLEANS Grille coming to South Florida, click here.
C&O Trattoria and C&O Cucina
Los Angeles, California. Established 1992 (Concept Creator) Authentic
family-style Italian restaurant known for self-serve honor bar wine
stations, and nightly sing-a-long's.
*In addition, Mr. Sponder owned Sublime Restaurant (Fine-Dining Organic Cuisine) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Cafe Orleans (Authentic New Orleans Cuisine) in Santa Barbara, California and Orleans Express (Quick-Service New Orleans Cuisine) Honolulu, Hawaii in a joint-venture partnership with Panda Express.