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Philip Stanton

I have worked with Dean Vacheresse for past several years and he has been my sole representing
restaurant broker since 2010 . I have personally found Dean to be one most capable, talented and ethical brokers in the industry.

Dean has an extensive history and experience in the Portland restaurant culture. He has an in-depth understanding of both current and historical trends in local food. He also has a vast knowledge of Portland restaurants and owners. Most importantly, Dean has an acute understanding of the current restaurant market in Portland. He does not focus on simply what is available in the current market; he focuses on what is valuable in the current market. Combined with his expertise in restaurant financials and financing, it is difficult to overstate the competence Dean brings to the table as a restaurant broker in Portland.

My greatest attraction to working with Dean, however, is his unique level of integrity. Dean strongly believes in maintaining honest and transparent lines of communication with all parties, at every level of negotiation. Because of this, Dean inspires a great deal of trust and goodwill from both sides of any negotiation he takes part in. I consider this the hallmark of an outstanding and effective negotiator. It is also a quality which has allowed Dean to maintain excellent longstanding relationships with an astounding array of local owners and brokers throughout Portland area.

– Philip Stanton, Owner/CEO, Mississippi Pizza, Portland Gluten Free

Sheila Baraga

“I have started, built and sold 6 bars/restaurants in the more than 20 years I’ve been in Portland. I would honestly say I would never sell or buy another business WITHOUT using Dean Vacheresse as my Broker. Not only has he brought me the highest and greatest bottom line in the sale of both Sapphire Hotel and The Maiden, he has done it with grace and calm and a confidence that pervades the process every step of the way. And, even if it wasn’t about the money, he operates at a level of integrity that ensures that EVERYONE is doing what is best for them. The buyer AND the seller.

“I have recommended Dean to many people over the past 7 years and I have never regretted any referral, whether they ended up selling, buying or staying where they were. My only regret is that I didn’t get to know him earlier as I know the prior deals would have been much less stressful, both emotionally and financially. It is always with a kind heart and a level head that Dean comes to every transaction. He has been a great comfort to me and I will continue to use and recommend him for many years to come.”

– Sheila Baraga, Former owner Sapphire Hotel, Former Maiden in the Mist, Eastside Cultural Society

Karen Woodbury and Aaron Woo

“Working with Dean Vacheresse was wonderful. He has an exceptional understanding of the restaurant business and is very knowledgeable about market rates and recent transactions. We have recommended his services to many people and look forward to working with him in the future.”

– Karen Woodbury and Aaron Woo, Vita Cafe, Delta Cafe, Natural Selection

Cathy Baird

“Dean Vacheresse, you gave me confidence that we could sell my barbecue business. You were thorough in explaining the process, the time frame and what it would take to sell the business. And the fees – with no hidden costs! You were true to your word, and with your focus and attention, the business sold within 30 days! I was treated like a friend with thoughtfulness and patience. I would with the highest recommendation, share with anyone interested in selling their business to contact you immediately!”

– Cathy Baird, Caterer

Tommy Habetz

“Yes, emphatically, yes. Nick and I both would (and have) recommended Dean Vacheresse highly. In fact, I would say that Dean’s knowledge and experience were vital to the opening of Bunk Sandwiches.”

– Tommy Habetz, Bunk Sandwiches

Shannon Freeman

“I absolutely cannot express enough gratitude and admiration toward Dean Vacheresse, who held our hand through the entire process while my business partner and I acquired a small restaurant and bar, an accomplishment that was years in the making. Patient with our many questions and concerns, I could always expect a clear and concise answer from Dean. I trusted Dean from day one and was continually at ease throughout the entire transaction. He somehow maintained the utmost professionalism while making the experience amazingly fun. The potential for stress is so high with this kind of deal, but I can honestly say I never once felt like I wasn’t in the best and most capable hands. If anyone is ever thinking of buying a restaurant or bar, they could not possibly ask for a more competent, knowledgeable and trustworthy man than Dean. Thank you so much Dean!!! I wish I could say more…”

– Shannon Freeman, Owner Sapphire Hotel, Social Box

Sara and Nic Medici

“I have had the occasion to work with Dean Vacheresse on three transactions over the past several years on the acquisition and selling of restaurant properties. As a business professional, I frequently am frustrated with the lack of professionalism and lax cooperation that seems to be common in the current business environment. This is contrary to my dealings with Mr. Vacheresse when he was managing our transaction at the Marlin Group. On each transaction I found him to be accurate, extremely expeditious, and constantly in communication. His work made smooth transitions on each of my dealings. I will unquestionably use Dean again should the occasion arise.”

– Sara & Nic Medici, Owner Melt Former Owner – La Prima & Paparazzi Restaurants

Michael Chang

“I worked with Dean Vacheresse in purchasing our bar in N. Portland and found him to be of high integrity and providing us with very insightful information in our decision making process. This was my expansion project and Dean really helped in easing my nervousness. Luckily I found a broker who understood what our needs were and one who is very personable. One I would not hesitate to work with again for future projects. I highly recommend Dean Vacheresse.”

– Michael Chang, Pig N’ Pancake West/ Sneaker’s Pub & Grill /Sweethome/Misto’s

Robert Thomas

“Dean Vacheresse, thank you for making the process of closing this space simple and easy. You were a true professional. You found me the exact space I was looking for and pointed me in all the right directions when I was a little lost in the process. I would definitely refer you to anyone looking for a space. Things are great. We have been open for a little more than two weeks and business is already hitting my goals. Thanks again, and I hope to see you soon.”

– Robert Thomas, Swift (formerly Colosso)

Denny Frank

“I appreciated Dean’s pragmatic approach to negotiations and understanding of both the bar business and transaction process. His ability to negotiate and create solutions, while interacting with multiple agencies, diverse individuals, and attorneys was much appreciated. I enjoyed working with Dean and found him candid and trustworthy. He proved to be very capable and professional. I recommend Dean Vacheresse to anyone selling a restaurant or bar.”

– Denny Frank, Owner Sweethome Bar & Grill

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