The Industry
A Discussion with People Who Have Made A Career of Working In The Service Industry.
4 months ago

E153 Mike Derry

Bar Life Drew Me Back In

This weeks guest is Mike Derry. Mike currently splits his time between Cartagena Colombia and New York City. Originally from Penticton in British Columbia, Canada, Mike waited tables and bartended through college. Mike has spent his working life in various careers - teacher, commercial production in Los Angeles, legal recruiter in NYC until he came back to his dream - bar life! Mike opened his first bar in NYC in 2013 and sold it several years later in 2018.

Eventually, Mike opened his next bar in Cartagena Colombia after travelling there for a vacation. Mondo Exotica opened 6 weeks before the pandemic and then immediately shut down for 8 months due to pandemic restrictions. The bar survived the pandemic and is now thriving. Currently, Mike is looking for a new space in NYC.



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