President & Owner
With a quiet, friendly demeanor, David Laxer, son of Bernâ€™s Steak Houseâ€™s founders, Bern and Gert Laxer, is now guiding this venerable legend and its other two siblings â€“ SideBernâ€™s and Bernâ€™s Fine Wines & Spirits to success. The three businesses continue to adhere to, and use Bern Laxerâ€™s original philosophy, â€śWe Do Things Differentlyâ€ť as a guiding principle that David Laxer believes delineates the business from competitors.
This philosophy has kept guests returning again and again and the recognition flowing. Bernâ€™s continues to be celebrated for excellence in food and wine and SideBernâ€™s follows closely winning prestigious honors including a 2012 James Beard semi-finalist nod and recognition annually from DiRona, Wine Spectator Magazine (Bernâ€™s has been awarded the Grand Award since 1981 and SideBernâ€™s, an Award of Excellence since 2002) and Florida Trend Magazineâ€™s, â€śGolden Spoon Award.â€ť In 2002, Bernâ€™s was inducted into Florida Trendâ€™s newly created Hall of Fame for its dining excellence.
â€śAs my father did, I believe the customer must always come back. We consider every night a big event for the restaurants and we strive to go above and beyond our guestsâ€™ needs and wishes. Our goal is to continue to elevate the dining experience with consistency being rule number one,â€ť says Laxer. Laxer continues to purchase the famous prime beef that is dry-aged at Bernâ€™s; he also approves any and all wine purchases and investments for the three businesses.
Laxer graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Furman University, and later interned at the prestigious New York Restaurant School; an experience that he believes helped him prepare to guide and create Bernâ€™s and its subsidiaries, and our next generation in The Epicurean.