In 1993 Leslie Siben joined Winick Realty Group to focus on real estate brokerage for boutique-style restaurants and luxury apparel. At Winick she developed strong relationships with the city’s top chefs and restaurant owners as well as attorneys, contractors and other industry professionals.
After 8 years at Winick, Siben moved on to JDF Realty. As Director of Restaurant Retail Services, she was looking to expand her already thriving restaurant real estate practice and become one of New York City’s leading restaurant brokerage specialist for high-end, boutique restaurants, and succeeded in brokering some of the largest restaurant deals in the city, including: Morimoto and Buddakan, two restaurants that transformed the then nascent Chelsea Market.
“It’s as exciting to work on the big stuff as well as the small gems, and gratifying that I complete deals I never thought possible. It's also great to love your work the way I do."
In 2012 Siben formed LB Realty Services, LLC as a platform for the brand Siben & Kahr. It's working.
Benjamin Kahr has been active in the New York Metropolitan area as a commercial leasing broker and consultant since 1985.
During his career, Benjamin has negotiated significant transactions for, Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. and for Axinn, Veltrop, and Harkrider LLP, as well as financial firms such as Cerberus/Blackacre Capital Group, Bloomberg L.P. in Boston and Texas, media company Sat Matrix in NYC and Salt Lake City, automotive company Daewoo Motors for 275,000 square feet on Long Island and 18,000 sq ft in Long Island City, Peter Sharp landlord and owner of The Carlyle Hotel, 450 Park Avenue and 1370 Sixth Avenue in their relocations.
In 2003, Benjamin Kahr teamed up with Leslie Siben to represent restaurants. Leveraging his relationships with a vast range of owners and brokers he excels at recognizing emerging markets bringing value to landlords and restaurateurs alike.
Leslie and Benjamin have represented Altamarea Group, China Grill Management, Starr Restaurant Organization, Union Square Hospitality Group , ESQUARED HOSPITALITY, The Smith, Telepan, Ilili, Kellari Taverna, Boqueria, The Darby , Pino Luongo, The Dutch and so many others.