Bradford Karsky’s first introduction to the food service industry was by his grandfather Anthony Nazaruk, a former chef at a prominent restaurant in Hartford. Starting as a bus boy in an Italian restaurant in the city’s South End, he acquired a taste and passion for the business, and decided to make it a career. He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Restaurant Management.
Hired by Westport Restaurant (a division of Marketing Corporation of America), he helped develop and open two new restaurant concepts. Brad was also one of three people who traveled the Northeast heading-up a service opening team, which opened more than 20 restaurants in affluent suburbs of Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City.
Building on his Westport Restaurant experience, Brad later created two high-end delicatessens in Hartford. That is where he met Richard Rosenthal. When Richard decided to open Max A Mia, he approached Brad and asked him to be the general manager. A year later, Brad became a partner. With years of continued excellent food and quality service the partnership has never been stronger.