But in 1989, after four years of hard work and much to show for it, Tom made a shift, turning his eye from hot dogs to the hot real estate market. And that’s how Florentine Gardens came into his life…or he walked into Florentine Gardens, a massive estate that, with some serious TLC, had the potential to become an extraordinary life-long investment.
At the time, the property was for sale and needed work. But Tom had a vision. He could see beyond those challenges and, in fact, had big ideas around how to bring out the innate beauty of the property, plus enhance it over time. No doubt, there is something to be said for achieving a vision. He purchased the property and after an initial renovation, opened it up for weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs and select special events.