In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Rich Pesce to talk about how he started his construction management business in Lower Manhattan months before September 11th, and how he became a real estate investor in three Key West Bed & Breakfast Inns: The Inn on Fleming, Coco Plum Inn Bed & Breakfast, and Key West Bed & Breakfast.

We discuss the mindset needed when starting a business in one of the country’s hardest times, how to navigate the Key West real estate market, and how having the right business partner can make all the difference.

I had the great pleasure of conducting this interview in one of Rich’s homes in Old Town – known famously as the Calvin Klein Home (for the obvious reason 😎).

Web & Social

Website: http://merrickconstructiongroup.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/merrickconstructiongroup/

The Inn on Fleming

Website: https://www.theinnonfleming.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheInnonFleming/

Coco Plum Inn Bed & Breakfast

Website: https://www.cocopluminn.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cocopluminn/

Key West Bed & Breakfast

Website: https://www.keywestbandb.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KeyWestBandB/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keywestbedandbreakfast/

Read the full transcribed episode here: https://backyardspodcast.com/rich-pesce-key-west/

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Jenny Lorenz, the Director of Marketing at The Perry Hotel Key West.

We go over why the Hotel chose Stock Island to call itself home, all of the expansion plans happening in November (2019), and the truth about booking your hotel with an online company, compared to going direct (HINT – you get free upgrades when you go direct).

Attention Key West Locals!

Local Appreciation is ending on September 30th!! This means that there are only a few days left where locals can get the Buy 1 Dinner Entrée, Get 1 Free for sheer food bliss, at either Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen & Bar or The Salty Oyster Dockside Bar & Grill. Plus, add a growler of one of their new signature beers for only $15!

More on The Perry Hotel Key West

Inspired by Commodore Perry, the father of the United States Navy, The Perry Hotel’s easy, laid-back atmosphere has been thoughtfully cultivated to stay true to the seafaring roots of Old Key West. Discover a place transformed and a history reclaimed at the award-winning Perry Hotel, breathing new life into our beloved Stock Island.

Some Hotel Amenities

  • 100 guest rooms
  • Water views all around
  • Two restaurants, including pool/dockside bar
  • Indoor/outdoor dining
  • Waterfront swimming pool
  • Outdoor fire pits
  • Direct access to marina and ocean
  • Water activities available onsite
  • Dog-friendly hotel & rooms
  • Two dog parks
  • Local artist curations and studios
  • On-site scooter & bike rentals
  • Green Pineapple Boutique
  • ADA Accessible Features

Website: https://www.perrykeywest.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/perrykeywest

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PerryKeyWest

Twitter: https://twitter.com/perrykeywest

Location:
7001 Shrimp Road
Key West, FL 33040
+1 (305) 296-1717

**Music by MG Sound.  Check him out on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/mgsoundmusic

Read the full transcripted episode here: https://backyardspodcast.com/jenny-lorenz-the-perry-hotel-key-west

Have you ever seen the movie “Chef” and dreamed of selling it all, buying a food truck and hitting the open road?

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down (right outside the food truck), with Amy Clarke-Van Schoor, one of the co-owners of the highly addicting, Taco Grilla.

We talk about how they got started and what really goes into the “Food Truck” life.

More on Taco Grilla

Born from the idea that more food from his home island needed to be fresh and healthy, chef Riaan Van Schoor and his wife Amy Clarke-Van Schoor created Taco Grilla.

Taco Grilla Likes cooking for its locals… especially his Key West Sirens. Keeping the Sirens full, keeps peace on the island. When the Sirens aren’t full they go after the Fishing Charters stealing all the fish, leaving the tourists very unhappy… which leaves the charter captains unhappy… which leaves the local business unhappy.

So feed your Siren Taco Grilla and the whole Island will be happy. 

Taco Grilla offers Tacos, Burritos, Bowls, Smoothies.and tons of creative cuisine bursting with flavor that won’t bust your wallet. Vegan options are available. Healthy food all around.

Website: https://www.tacogrilla.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pg/tacogrilla

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/tacogrilla

You may have noticed our new Podcast intro original music. I wanted to take the time to thank MG Sound for creating these soulful tunes. To listen to more of his work, check him out on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/mgsoundmusic

Read the full episode here: https://backyardspodcast.com/food-truck-taco-grilla-key-west/