Mark Iacono, Lucali, Baby Luc's; Billy Durney, Hometown Bar-B-Que, Red Hook Tavern
On today's episode of All in the Industry®, Shari Bayer is joined by two legendary restaurateurs in the backyard of Lucali in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. First, Mark Iacono, well revered pizzaiolo and owner of Lucali in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, which he founded in 2006 and has since received national recognition. Mark recently opened Baby Luc's, a new slice shop down the block from Lucali, plus, he’s expanded his beloved pizzeria to Miami. Prior to finding Lucali, Mark worked in construction and focused on granite and marble fabrication. He has starred in multiple shows including Netflix's Ugly Delicious, The Pizza Show and Munchies. And, secondly, Billy Durney, owner of Hometown Bar-B-Que in Red Hook, Industry City and Miami, and Red Hook Tavern in Red Hook, Brooklyn. After almost 20 years in the security and private protection field, Billy fulfilled a longtime dream by becoming head pitmaster, opening Hometown in 2013 to great success, going on to further expansion. In 2019, he launched the popular Red Hook Tavern, and he has been featured in national media, including Good Morning America, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Food Network, and more. Today's show also features Shari's PR tip to find your people; Speed Round; Industry News discussion on the state of restaurants in NYC since the pandemic; and Solo Dining experience at landmark Gage and Tollner in Downtown, Brooklyn.
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