In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Chef Ricard of the newly famed Lola’s Bistro.

We talked about how he got started, working with some of the top French and Italian chefs, why he chose to only have 9 tables and how he loves chatting up his customers as he cooks right in the corner of the restaurant.

More on Lola’s Bistro

A new Italian eclectic BYOB restaurant with a bohemian vibe!

Address: 728 Simonton St Key West FL 33040
Dinner House 7 nights (6pm – 11pm)
Reservation only
305-203-4457

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

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

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/lolas-bistro-key-west

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Michelle and Jessica Spottswood, the co-owners & “Tribe Leaders” of FYT Gym Key West.

We talk about how the idea of the business was birthed, how they have grown so quickly, and why putting their customers first has not only created raving fans but has turned clients into friends; truly living that Tribe concept to it’s fullest.

More on FYT

FYT (Find Your Tribe) is a full-service fitness facility! Inside you will find two large studio spaces hosting over 200 classes per month.

Circuit, Barre, and Yoga are our specialties! If classes are not what you’re looking for then come workout on your own or with our Certified Personal Trainers in our 1300 square foot gym space! Where you will find cardio equipment, free-weights, and selectorized pieces.

Website: http://fytkeywest.com

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

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

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Scott Saunders, the CEO, and creator of Fury Water Adventures Key West.

We discuss how Scott almost flunked out of high school, quit college (the first time), and gave up on making anything of himself.

To any outsider, Scott would have been considered a “loser,” but it was that rock-bottom breaking point that caused him to go from zero to hero in one instant.

Have you ever felt unmotivated and didn’t really care about much? Scott did too, and his story will get you looking in the mirror and declaring, “enough is enough!”

**NOTE** We really get into the complete origin story at around the 13:00 minute mark, so stay with us, it’s worth the wait!

More about Fury Water Adventures Key West

TAKE THE ULTIMATE KEY WEST WATERSPORTS EXCURSION WITH FURY WATER ADVENTURES

Key West’s most popular attraction is the crystal blue waters surrounding our island paradise. For almost three decades visitors and locals alike have been choosing Fury Water Adventures as their number one excursion in and on the waters of Key West. Fury’s expertly maintained state-of-the-art fleet of boats will get you out on the water and back again with the utmost safety.

Choose from underwater explorations on one of Fury’s three catamaran Reef Snorkeling boats, thrills in the air on our Parasailing boats, a chance to see marine life without getting wet on our Glass Bottom Boat, or take in Key West’s famous sunset aboard one of our Sunset Sails or our Sunset Cruise.

For the real Key West watersports enthusiast, try Fury’s Combination Packages or Fury’s Ultimate Adventure that includes Reef Snorkeling, Parasailing, Jet Skiing & Kayaking.

At Fury we are dedicated to help keep the reefs we snorkel alive and thriving. Through our affiliation with “One Percent for the Planet,” we donate 1% of our total sales yearly to help restore and conserve our natural coral reefs.

Fury Donates a Percent of all Sales to Reef Conservation.

Website: https://www.furycat.com/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/furykeywest

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

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/furykeywest

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/furykeywest/

FURY RESERVATIONS:

Toll Free:  (888) 976-0899 -or- Text:   305-930-8161 

PRIVATE CHARTERS: (877) 561-8825

WEDDING CHARTERS: (855) 847-8221

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with famed Chef Bill Hunt, the new head chef at the even more famous Smokin’ Tuna Saloon.

We talk about big changes happening at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon when it comes to their menu and how his Boston work ethic mixed with his trust in the people that work for him, creates a recipe for success.

The Smokin’ Tuna Saloon

Key West’s premier bustling, open-air hangout featuring 2 bars, and live music on the courtyard stage; and is the musical residence of local musician superstar, Caffeine Carl and The Buzz.

The restaurant and bar features delicious local seafood, tasty drinks, and world-famous t-shirts! Enjoy incredible food from the amazing Chef Bill seven days a week!

Hours

  • BAR: 11am – 2am
  • RESTAURANT: 11:30am – 11pm daily
  • MERCANTILE: 10am – 10pm
  • HAPPY HOUR: 3pm – 5pm

Address & Phone

4 Charles Street, Key West, FL 33040 – Call (305) 517-6350

Website & Social

Website: https://smokintunasaloon.com

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

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

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Billy Kearins of Coast Projects.

We talk about his humble beginnings, his love of Folk music, and how his local Key West shirt company is setting up to make some giant waves.

Also, be on the lookout for Billy’s film, “Keasy Rider” which comes out on September 17th at Tropic Cinema for the 72 Hour Film Challenge.

What is COAST?

We get that question a lot. And the truth is, it’s hard to explain — not because it’s abstract — but more so because you can look at it from many angles, and you can take from it as little or as much as you want.

Sure, we’re about bikes and boards and life by the sea — which is why we chose the purposefully ambiguously name COAST. But we’re about more than those tangible things that you see on the showroom floor and in the web store.

COAST is, in a general sense, about life on the edge — where land meets sea and the spirit of exploration and unknowing meet the safety of the shoreline. At COAST, we build the goods we need to lead the life we want to live — just like people did not too long ago. And with these time-honored tools in hand, we set out to push limits and to see what we’re made of – life on the edge.

But we also like to kick back our bare feet and enjoy life — coast along if you will.

And it’s this space — the blurring of work, play, and everyday life by the sea — that COAST is really about.

Coast Projects website: https://www.coastprojects.com

Instagram: http://instagram.com/CoastProjects

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoastProjects

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Adam Russell, one half of the successful Key West Pottery, in his famed gallery on the doubly famed, Duval Street.

The audio is a bit dodgy on this episode, but there were too many brain nuggets to not publish it.

We talked about the artist journey and taking a leap of faith, moving cross country with nothing but a dream, and how his wife and co-artist Kelly Lever, got him started down the pottery rabbit hole.

We also discussed how he got his massive Instagram following, and how we all need to let our “artist side” out more often.

More on Key West Pottery

Key West Pottery is a love story. Originated in 2009 by the artists Adam Russell and Kelly Lever, Key West Pottery (or “Honest Works Island Pottery” as it was originally called) was always meant as a joint endeavor between two creatives for one succinct purpose— FREEDOM. Freedom in all the obvious ways we conceive of it; free use of time, financial freedom, creative freedom, etc… The resulting decade of intense collaboration has brought about the realization that we have also achieved another type of freedom— liberation from the confines of a single mind.

We are a unique blend.

Part traditional production pottery— tableware and traditional function. Vessels being created in house by the hundreds.

Part Fine Art Studio— monumental outdoor sculpture and interior decor to create places and visions.

Our Company has grown to include a small army of artisans, creatives, advisors, students and collaborators who are working together with us to produce an authentic expression of this modern, coastal life — without relying on cliché. As the epitome of authentic artwork made in the Florida Keys, we carry a diverse selection of bespoke items — from the Island’s BEST coffee mugs to awardwinning totems, visitors encounter the most well-rounded Gallery program on Duval Street.

Over this last decade, we have developed a brand of tropical modernism that is unique and diverse enough to fit into any home or collection. Our Gallery, at the center of the Historic Key West Gallery District is the quintessential Key West Pottery experience, but we love to communicate and collaborate online as well.

We believe that you will find Key West Pottery to be a soulful and sincere art experience that ties you to the local’s perspective of coastal life.

Website: https://www.keywestpottery.com

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

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

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/keywestpottery

KEY WEST POTTERY
1203 Duval Street,
Key West Florida 33040
Open Daily 10 -6
305.900.8303

In the episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Tricia Coyne, the owner of the modern chef-driven Firefly restaurant.

We talk about Fireball shots, Great White sharks, her Bubba Award, and how she took her restaurant idea from a college dream into a successful Key West hotspot.

More About Firefly

Firefly is a modern, chef-driven Southern restaurant. They focus on using the best ingredients and a mixture of traditional and modern techniques to create the best possible versions of familiar dishes. Their extensive beer and wine lists feature the same attention to detail and unique products to create something that is at once old and new. They are located between Blue Heaven and Santiago’s Bodega on Petronia Street.

Tricia Coyne comes from a southern family from Louisiana and was raised in the foodie haven of Atlanta. With a love for the water and things with sharp teeth, she delved into a degree in marine biology from UCLA. After traveling the world to swim with sharks and work as a scuba instructor, she chose to revisit her love for all things edible. She found herself with a second bachelors degree in Food and Beverage Management with a specialization in wine.

Tricia sharpened her skills in the belly of Atlanta, including a management internship under acclaimed chef/owner Anne Quatrano at Bachanalia, one of the most revered restaurants in the south, a stint managing for Richard Blais of Flip Burger and Top Chef acclaim, and time managing with Genki Sushi.

After Atlanta, Tricia found herself Working at Key West’s well known Lattitude’s on Sunset Key as a manager. 

Tricia’s ideas for Firefly were conceived before she had finished her degree. With a plethora of experience under her belt, she bit the bullet in 2013 and Firefly has been serving up the best chef-driven southern cuisine in South Florida ever since.

Tricia’s love for Sharks has stayed with her, and she serves as Vice President of Reef Relief. In her free time, she enjoys Legos, wine, and the Oxford comma.

About Executive Chef – Russ Ferstle

Chef Russ Ferstle grew up in Detroit, Michigan, where his love of cooking began as a matter of survival since his mother was such a horrible cook. As Russ grew up, he continued into the restaurant industry in Michigan, apprenticing under French chef Tim Enfield. Eager to learn more, he moved to Chicago in 2003 to gain experience in Chicago’s food scene. He was hired as the sous chef for Sweets and Savories with David Richards, then stayed on with the company to open Barcello’s as chef de cuisine. In 2008, fed up with the cold, Russ relocated to Key West, where he became the chef de cuisine at the Upper Deck at Louie’s Backyard. In 2013, Russ left Louie’s to help open Firefly, where he remains executive chef. In his free time, Russ enjoys tattoos, silver coins, and conspiracy theories.

Website: http://www.fireflykeywest.com

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

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

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/firefly-key-west-key-west-4?osq=firefly+key+west

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Carol Wightman, one of the owners of the famed Marquesa Hotel to discuss what it takes to run a successful hotel, some famed guests that have stayed there, and what the “hotel life” in Key West really looks like.

Be on the listen for Carol’s favorite places to dine (besides Cafe Marquesa), and some of her other local favorites.

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