Marc Katzenberg – Principal
From washing dishes in his brother’s café to growing the “big idea” there was a real need for a “gourmet” Jewish style deli, the original TooJay’s Gourmet Deli founder/partner, global restaurateur, consultant and B Square principal, Marc Katzenberg, has been taking his concept and expertise in the industry, across the county and the globe. Beyond opening his own restaurants, he has consulted for more than 25 years with prospective restaurateurs and helped many owners work on making their concepts successful. He has now partnered with fellow industry experts Thomas Febbraio and Rafael Palomino to bring B Square Burgers & Booze, an upscale burger bistro, to South Florida.
Katzenberg worked with Zev Bufman to open TooJay’s first location in Palm Beach in 1981. The restaurant quickly became a hotspot and expanded rapidly to 25 locations throughout Florida, including Boca Raton, North Miami, Jupiter, Stuart, Vero Beach, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa, and more. After 20 years, Katzenberg sold TooJay’s and relocated to Connecticut, where he went on to open Katzenberg’s gourmet delicatessen in Greenwich, Connecticut, and then built a chain of nine express cafes throughout Westchester County, New York, and Southern Connecticut.
In 2007, Katzenberg sold the chain and moved to China, where he partnered with the Chinese government to open up restaurants in Beijing in time for the 2008 summer Olympics. Katzenberg’s JI QI SHANG, a western-style deli, became a big hit at the new international terminal, the Olympic village, and Chow Yang Park.
He resides in Westport, Connecticut with his wife and business partner, Hyleri. Together they have been involved in the production of NBC’s Great American Road Trip, filmed a pilot for Bunim Murray, and worked on HGTV’s show Island Hunters. Katzenberg is also currently working on innovative food products with a business partner and expects to bring them to market within a year.