45 episodes

Welcome to Key West – Paradise USA

As you enter the island of Key West, these words are the first thing you see in big bold letters on the famed ‘Welcome to Key West’ sign.

Whether it be the incredible sunrises or sunsets (we get both here), the charming Conch houses hidden around every turn, the chickens running wild, the flat ocean for miles or the island feel, it’s really the people that make Key West what it is.

If you have ever wondered what people do around here or wanted to know the story behind a restaurant, bar or local business, this is exactly why we started the Backyards of Key West Podcast. We are going to take you behind the scenes, so we can bring you the stories behind what makes Key West so magical, and how they juggle business life with Island life.

So sit back and relax and enjoy the chill vibes!

Backyards of Key West Podcast with Mark Baratto Mark Baratto

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0, 12 Ratings

Welcome to Key West – Paradise USA

As you enter the island of Key West, these words are the first thing you see in big bold letters on the famed ‘Welcome to Key West’ sign.

Whether it be the incredible sunrises or sunsets (we get both here), the charming Conch houses hidden around every turn, the chickens running wild, the flat ocean for miles or the island feel, it’s really the people that make Key West what it is.

If you have ever wondered what people do around here or wanted to know the story behind a restaurant, bar or local business, this is exactly why we started the Backyards of Key West Podcast. We are going to take you behind the scenes, so we can bring you the stories behind what makes Key West so magical, and how they juggle business life with Island life.

So sit back and relax and enjoy the chill vibes!

    Getting Back to Normal with French Bakery & Bistro, La Grignote

    Getting Back to Normal with French Bakery & Bistro, La Grignote

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with chef and co-owner Babeth to discuss how the business was affected during the COVID-19 shutdown, how this family-owned business is surviving, and some tips on doing the same.

    This is my first interview back after the shutdown and we laughed, shared stories, and I ate... a little too much!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Rescuing Bars all Over the World with Celebrity Bartender, Russell Davis

    Rescuing Bars all Over the World with Celebrity Bartender, Russell Davis

    NOTE - this episode was recorded months before COVID-19 lockdown. I hope you enjoy this interview, and get ready for some new episodes soon, as Key West begins to open back up June 1st.

    This episode Mark Baratto sits down with celebrity mixologist Russell Davis.

    We talk about how Russell got into the business, how he rose up the bartender ranks, and how he because a celebrity Bar/Mixology expert for Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" and how he became "2012 Bartender of the Year."

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Frita's Cuban Burger Cafe

    Frita's Cuban Burger Cafe

    NOTE - Here is another pre COVID-19 episode. I am happy to say that Frita's is back open and serve their delicious food.

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with the owner of Frita's Cuban Burger Cafe, Marcia Weaver.

    During this episode, we danced, we sang (well Marcia does) and I ate one of their famous Cuban Burger!

    • 28 min
    Talking Chops with the GM of Prime Steakhouse

    Talking Chops with the GM of Prime Steakhouse

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Aaron Pearlman, the General Manager of Prime Steakhouse Key West.

    We talk about the restaurant's history, how they stay upscale, but with a relaxed island vibe, and how they keep their food consistently amazing in our tiny island paradise.

    • 28 min
    The Art of Photography with DE LA Gallery Co-Owner Jeff Rodriguez

    The Art of Photography with DE LA Gallery Co-Owner Jeff Rodriguez

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Master Framer, Jeff Rodriguez.

    Jeff is the co-owner of DE LA Gallery, located in Key West, FL and Charleston, SC, AND the co-owner of Art Warehouse, located in Key West.

    I visited Jeff at his Key West gallery where we talked about his wildly talented partner, photographer/artist Jorge de la Torriente, how they met, and how they turned a dream into a thriving business.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Getting Caffeinated with Cuban Coffee Queen

    Getting Caffeinated with Cuban Coffee Queen

    **NOTE** This episode was recorded in December, 2019.

    During the Coronavirus crisis, the Cuban Coffee Queen is open from 7AM - 3PM for takeout and still delivering all of Key West up to Cow Key Bridge.

    In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with head barista and manager, Irena Dalton at the iconic Cuban Coffee Queen.

    We talk about how the brand began, and how they are keeping locals and Key West tourists caffeinated on a daily basis.

    • 21 min

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

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...the host is “kinda” charming 😎

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