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.



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


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


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


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



Joseph Donoian

Dining Room Manager

Joseph Donoian is a Boston native who has spent over 42 years in the hospitality industry, and is a staple in the Bern... more


R. Frank Russo

Front Desk and Dining Room Manager

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


Nate Wilson

Director of Spirits

Nathaniel "Nate" E. Wilson II, who is originally from the D.C. area, developed a passion for the culinary world as a you... more


Brooke Palmer Kuhl

Public Relations Director

Brooke Palmer is the creative mastermind behind the PR and Event efforts at all of the Bern’s Steak House pr... more