OUT50 Broward: Tony Dee -The Entrepreneur

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Timing, Tony Dee says, is everything.

“Being in the right place at the right time and things just happen,” Dee replied when asked the secret to his entrepreneurial success.

Dee recently resurrected Chardees Lounge on the northeast section of Wilton Drive. He brought with him three bartenders with over 27 years of experience and had entertainers knocking at the door on the first day of business.

“We are very, very comfortable here,” Dee said. “The name is what brought them in.”

Dee, 83, grew up on Long Island, New York and took his first job as a barber. He eventually styled men’s hair for performers at the Westbury Music Fair and was even married, albeit briefly, to a woman.

“I signed a one year lease but didn’t pick up the option after that,” he joked.

Moving to South Florida in the 1970s, Dee got into the real estate business.

“My partner and I built 60 condos together in the 1980s,” Dee said.

Dee and his current partner, Andy Martin, have been together for five years. The couple owns several properties in Wilton Manors.

“I’ve worn many hats in my life,” Dee said. “What I am is a work-a-holic.”

 

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