RPN was established in 1990 as a full service brokerage company to service retail and restaurant tenants throughout the East Coast. Over the years RPN has represented some of the most successful restaurant concepts including; Bertucci’s Restaurants, Vinny Testa’s, Naked Fish Restaurants, Fresh City, Dunkin Donuts, Papa John’s Pizza, Baja Fresh, Boston Bagel Company, and Calibasil Vietnamese Eatery totaling over 250 completed restaurant leases from New England to Florida to Chicago.
RPN further expanded its retail relationships by acting as the brokerage division of Coastal Partners LLC, an active retail development company with retail centers throughout New England. The RPN team approaches the leasing assignment through market research, local market knowledge, and seasoned relationships with the tenant and brokerage community. RPN understands to secure a lease is more than just placing a sign on a property.
Michael DiGuiseppe, President
Mr. DiGuiseppe has been an active participant in retail, mixed-use, and restaurant real estate development for over twenty five (25) years. Currently, Mr. DiGuiseppe is the Managing Partner of Coastal Partners and its subsidiaries, which specializes in re-zoning industrial, underutilized, properties to mid-size retail and single tenant vibrant retail developments throughout New England. Developments completed over the past few years include; BJ’s Wholesale Club Quincy, MA / Shoppes @ Hooksett Landing, Hooksett, NH / BJ’s Wholesale Club, Haverhill, MA / Taunton Crossing, Taunton, MA.
Prior to his role with Coastal Mr. DiGuiseppe founded Realty Partners, NE. With Realty Partners NE, Mr. DiGuiseppe managed the national development program for Bertucci’s Restaurant. While working with Bertucci’s, Mr. DiGuiseppe grew the company from a twenty (20) unit New England based regional operator to over ninety (90) units from New England to Florida and Chicago. Realty Partners, NE also managed the real estate growth programs for a number of national, or strong regional restaurant concepts including; Dunkin Donuts, Baja Fresh, Vinny Testa’s and Fresh City .
Mr. DiGuiseppe was part of the team that founded of Naked Fish Restaurants, a Boston based, multi-unit, upscale casual restaurant concept specializing in Latin / American foods and beverages. During his ownership Mr. DiGuiseppe was responsible for all aspects of restaurant property development and facility management. Mr. DiGuiseppe divested his interest in the company in 2002 to concentrate on retail development.
Chris DiGuisepppe, Director
Chris DiGuisepppe has been the Director of Real Estate for Realty Partners Northeast since joining the company in 2010. Chris specializes in Tenant Representation working with strong regional and national concepts. In the Restaurant segment, Chris focuses on multi-unit growth programs and franchise development. He has previously worked with companies such as the Serentee Restaurant Group, Calibasil, Boston Bagel Company, NE Tap House, The Coffee Factory, Verizon, and Americas Mattress. Chris holds a BA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He and his wife of five years, Alexandra, live in Ipswich MA.
Brian Gajewski, Agent
Brian Gajewski joined Realty Partners Northeast in 2018 as a Real Estate Agent with a specific focus on retail and restaurant leasing and sales. Brian has been in a variety of food service related industries for the past ten years. He brings extensive experience in recognizing the value of good real estate and matching the property to a potential use to benefit the needs of his clients.
Brian was the co-founder of Boston Bagel Company, a quick service breakfast and lunch concept based out of South Boston. Brian has unique knowledge and understands how a restaurant operates, the strength of good real estate, and identifying specific retail marketing strategy to grow a concept. His Boston Bagel experience gives him unique knowledge of the Boston and South Shore markets.
Brian recently divested his interest in Boston Bagel Company while continuing to maintain rights to franchise and grow the concept. As part of the RPN team he will be identifying potential franchisee’s and secure development territories for Boston Bagel throughout the State. Brian graduated from the Whittemore School of Business at The University of New Hampshire and currently resides in Milton, MA with his wife and two daughters.