Bern's Team

Our team is a true family.  Just the way Bern intended it to be. Meet the people that make Bern's Steak House the tradition for so many.

Proprietor

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David Laxer

President and Owner

With a quiet, friendly demeanor, David Laxer, son of Bern’s Steak House’s founders, Bern and Gert Laxer, is now guid... more

Culinary Team

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Habteab Hamde

Chef de Cuisine

Affectionately called "Hab" by everyone at Bern's, Habteab emigrated from the small African country of Eritrea in 1983. ... more

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Kim Yelvington

Executive Pastry Chef

Kim Yelvington started pursuing her passion of culinary arts during her studies at USF. Shortly after she began school, ... more

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Brent Hunt

Sous Chef

Brent was born and raised in Rome, GA, just North of Atlanta and not far from his grandparent's farm in rural Alabama.&n... more

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Karl Mohler

Sous Chef

Karl was born in Tampa, and raised 35 miles North in Dade City.  As a youth, he showed animals at the county fair, ... more

Management

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Joseph Donoian

Dining Room Manager

Joseph Donoian, a Boston native has spent 42 years in the hospitality industry, and is a staple in the Bern's Dining r... more

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R. Frank Russo

Front Desk and Dining Room Manager

R. Frank Russo, was born in Tampa, and as a true" Ybor City " native, has been here all of his life. Ru... more

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Nate Wilson

Dessert Room Manager

Nathaniel E. Wilson II, Nate, who is originally from the D.C. area developed a passion for culinary as a young child fro... more

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Dean Hurst

Director of Spirits

Dean Hurst came to SideBern’s in December 1999 with years of experience in the restaurant industry. Starting at a youn... more