We had the good fortune of connecting with Athan ‘Tom’ Prakas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Athan ‘Tom’, how does your business help the community?
When we complete a transaction, sometimes we help employ hundreds of people in the process. We create the tax base for the city, state & county where our deals are completed.
What should our readers know about your business?
In 1999 I started Prakas & Co a boutique hospitality brokerage in Boca Raton, FL. I previously owned 28 sports bars & nightclubs from Ohio, Atlanta & Florida. We are proud of the fact that in 2021 we reached 500+ transactions, some of them being multimillion-dollar deals. I don’t believe the journey was difficult because I love what I do and I’ve always been persistent. We’ve been fortunate enough to broker some of the most famous restaurant brands in the country & are proud of our reputation.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Because we have done so many deals & because there are endless restaurant & entertainment venues that is it really hard to pick from a few. It all depends on your taste and preference. I personally love the Island of Palm Beach & its eclectic variety of restaurants & shops. My go-to for a casual meal is Houston’s in Boca Raton.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I thank my father, who helped raise me in the business/restaurant world & my family, who has supported me during this process.