The name Jimmy is one of the most popular names in the world, but In New York City the name “Jimmy” only translates to one person, Jimmy Rodriguez.
Jimmy is a cultural icon in the city and one of the most famous restaurateurs in New York City history. He started selling fish in the streets 40 years ago. From there, he grew a restaurant and bar empire which includes the legendary Jimmy’s Cafe, Jimmy’s City Island, Don Coqui, Get Soul, and now Acri Cafe.
For episode 140, he told us this story behind building his empire, coming up and establishing a brand name in The Bronx, being blackballed by the Yankees and Major League Baseball, hosting Fidel Castro when he was public enemy number one of America, and more. He explained his philosophy on building successful restaurants and building a brand.