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Our Team

Bradford Karsky

General Manager

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. With years of continued excellent food and quality service Mr. Karsky's talents have never been stronger.

Bob Peterson

Executive Chef

Prior to joining the Max Restaurant Group, Mr. Peterson spent years perfecting his craft and passion for food in Colorado and New Mexico. He then moved with his family to Connecticut in 2011 to become Sous Chef at Max Fish in Glastonbury.

Soon after that, he became Executive Chef and worked in the kitchen there for a number of years before moving over to Max's Oyster Bar in the fall of 2018. His expertise and creativity helped maintain the culinary standards that the restaurant has cultivated over the years and continued to keep it as the “Best Seafood Restaurant”, as voted in a number of recent local polls.

Now as the new Executive Chef at Max a Mia Ristorante, Bob brings his passion for Italian food to the restaurant and is excited for this new endeavor.


Max Restaurant Group

The Max Restaurant Group is always looking to expand our team. We offer competitive wages, a generous benefits package, flexible hours and the opportunity to grow with the company. Join the most respected restaurant group in Southern New England and you will have the opportunity to experience and learn the hospitality industry from visionary Chefs and seasoned Restaurant Managers. The Max Restaurant Group is an equal opportunity employer.
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