Interview with Zack Bush(@zackbush1)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
When Zack Bush was growing up he spent his free time listening to jazz. Instead of imagining a career in law or medicine like so many of his classmates, the Miami native knew he would take a different path. Zack learned to play the piano, and would speak with family and friends about one day owning a venue that would bring the music he loved to others.
Zack is now co-owner of Ball & Chain, a historic live-music venue on Miami’s famed Calle Ocho, in the heart of Little Havana. Zack and his team renovated and restored the nearly forgotten gem, famous for hosting 20th century jazz greats like Chet Baker, Count Basie, and Billie Holliday. Today, musicians from around the world perform live on the Ball & Chain stage.
In addition to Ball & Chain, Zack is the co-owner of Mad Rom Hospitality. Mad Room Hospitality owns and operates Taquerias El Mexicano a landmark, historic restaurant on Calle Ocho, as well as Los Altos –an intimate speakeasy lounge–also located on Calle Ocho. In addition to these Mexican establishments, Zack and MRH have launched Los Altos Taquerias-a new brand combining the best of the original Taquerias El Mexicano restaurant and Los Altos’ mezcal driven speakeasy.
With an emphasis on historic properties and creating iconic brands, Mad Room Hospitality also controls the Food & Beverage at the worlds greatest Polynesian restaurant and dining/entertainment experience at the one and only Mai-Kai.
Apart from a career in Hospitality, Zack’s other passion is books. A devoted reader and writer, Zack’s lifetime desire to become an author found a refreshed source of inspiration as the father of 7 year old Ace, 6 year old daughter Ava and 1 year old Alexandra. This hip dad of three has written a national best-selling children’s picture book entitled Made For Me. As a follow up to Made For Me, Zack has co-authored two new series of books, The Little Book Of series and The Little Superhero Series.
The Little Book Of series (with now over twenty titles) introduces young kids to a wide range of ideas, activities, values, and emotions. With engaging text and warm, kid-friendly illustrations, each story teaches children that having fun, learning, talking about your feelings, and doing the right thing is always much easier than they think. Kids can enjoy the journey and fun of reading while discovering the world around them, one little book at a time. That’s what The Little Book Of series is all about!
The Little Superhero series teaches young boys and girls that you don’t have to have superhuman strength or speed to be considered a superhero..
Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
became a National Best Selling author and get to run and own some of the most historic restaurants, bars and entertainment venues in South Florida
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
-go out there and make your own magic, the only thing between you and your dreams is you
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
not that I can think of the moment
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Made For Me is National Best Selling Children’s Book.
The memorable new father in this endearing rhyming story may be brawny, but he melts at the sight of his baby boy: “Your mouth, your ears, and even your nose,/ your chubby cheeks and your wiggly toes,” he coos. In Italian artist De Lauretis’s grainy compositions, the father’s balloon-shaped bulk lies in comical contrast to the tininess of the infant (a ginger like his dad). The father bottle-feeds the boy, tickles his feet and tummy, and bathes him. As the boy gets a little older, the dad swaps out his baseball cap for a polka-dotted handkerchief: “A trip to the beach set the wheels in motion./ You built a sandcastle, took a dip in the ocean.” Bush’s easy-reading verse captures the wonder of becoming a parent and the joy to be found in the quiet moments of child care. Ages 1–3. (Mar.) -Publisher’s Weekly
Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
” “Sleep when you’re dead.” Everything I am and aspire to be is because of my hero; my father.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Follow me! on Instagram.
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
I think it is interesting to juxtapose the hip, cool, restaurant and bar owner with the national best selling children’s book author with over 20 titles and roughly 1 Million copied in circulation.