For the past forty-one years I have been blessed with the successful pursuit of a career as a restauranteur and real estate investor. During this time I have found that making mistakes has been one of my greatest, albeit cruelest, teachers. I am not personally acquainted with Cory Burke, but I trust he is a decent, hard working individual who will find great success in life. I feel secure in making these assumptions based on his past success, as well as my intimate relationship with his new aforesaid teacher. His recent experience of not having a signed lease agreement in place prior to establishing a business in a building that he does not own, will serve to make him a more informed entrepreneur, and will save him a great deal of aggravation and money in the future.
I am personally acquainted with Mr. Condon, and have been involved in multiple business deals with him over the past twenty years. Most of these ventures have been very rewarding and lucrative, although some have not. Regardless of the circumstances, I have always found Ryan to be reasonable and more than fair. Furthermore, he has always demonstrated integrity and character in all aspects of this life, but most importantly while fulfilling his fiduciary obligations in the operation of his business endeavors. I am proud to count Ryan as a friend, landlord, partner, advisor, investor and most importantly a mentor.
I feel an obligation to address the business relationship between these two individuals as reported in this article. I personally possess enough factual information to recognize that most of the reporters and many of the readers are making assumptions and comments based on emotions and personal beliefs, while purposely disregarding the facts. I find it reprehensible that society has reached a point where it is acceptable to sacrifice the reputation of an individual of Ryan’s caliber, in order to provide a victim to whom the masses can relate.
In the past I have witnessed Ryan’s dedication to preserve other historic Charleston icons such a as the Cavallaro Supper Club and Condon’s Department Store. I have no doubt that he will display the same determination and perseverance in restoring Big Johns as a memorable tribute to this great city’s past.
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