The Platinum Pony is more than just a bar or restaurant, it celebrates the eccentric and unusual, queer and colorful. It’s a weird and wonderful world of glitter and glam, movies and mayhem, damn good food, fancy cocktails and ponies of all shapes and sizes.
What inspires you?
Unicorns, drag queens, community, and my family
What’s the best part of owning your own business?
Owning your own business is incredibly challenging, sometimes the best part is simply knowing you can handle anything that comes your way.
How do you keep your business current?
We work with thousands of entertainers, performers, musicians, artists, and organizers their energy and enthusiasm keeps us on on our toes. We stay ahead of others by constantly challenging our creativity with exciting programming, fabulous new cocktails and food every season.
What is your most popular product?
Sweet potato tots! Champagne on draft!
What is the one tool you couldn’t live without?
How do you relax?
There’s not a lot of relaxing in my line of work, but I treat myself to a weekly massage, enjoy a nice bottle of champagne, or spend the day hunting for bugs with my son.
What is your motto or theme song?
Early is on time, and on time is late. Much of my success has come from the simple act of being on time.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
That I’m afraid of the dark.
What’s the nicest compliment you’ve received about your business?
I was asked to speak at the UMass business school on social entrepreneurship a few months ago. It was a tremendous compliment to be acknowledged for my efforts to build community, support my workers, and develop policies that are conscientious and sustainable.
How did you get started?
I opened my first restaurant at the age of 23 on a beach in Honduras. It was a small California style bistro that celebrated local produce and fresh seafood.
What do you do when you’re having a bad day?
In my world, there is no time for bad days, you simple put on a smile and do what needs to be done.
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