It takes a brave soul to go into business with your other half. Larry and Christine Ponzi own five restaurants, including St. Elmo’s locations in Del Ray and North Old Town. They share their secrets to maintaining both a successful business and a happy relationship.
According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, “Christine: “We’ve been married 27 years and have two children, 19 and 21, and five restaurants. There are ups and downs of every day but overall I love working with him and wouldn’t change it for the world. We work well together. We are ying and yang – what he brings to the table and what I bring to the table are two very different things.”
Larry: “We really enjoy each other’s company. We split, divide, and conquer responsibilities but we always end up back together at the end of the day. We get the best of both worlds. We are doing some things that interest us business-wise but we can also leave work at work and be normal people. We love our business, love our customers, and love that we were able to raise two amazing kids and get them into college as a result of the growth of our business. It’s not easy on anyone but I think our whole family has learned to take the good with the bad and learned a good work ethic as well. Good marriages and good businesses are about compromise and we’ve been able to give and take throughout the years in our businesses and at home.”
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