That Damn Marty – “The Shakespeare of Greensboro”

Marty Kotis
BobLee
January23/ 2016

Critics of Bill Shakespeare – a/k/a “The Bard of Avon” – groused that he wasn’t so great…. “He just took a lot of famous quotations and strung’em together.”

If I have to explain that quip you probably aren’t going to get any of this story…. go read something else.

Bill Belichek and Nick Saban have their critics too.  ….. “It’s easy to win games when you have the best teams…..”Marty Kotis

Similarly, critics of Greensboro Real Estate/Restaurant Mogul Marty Kotis might say…. “So what, it’s easy to be successful when you keep opening popular restaurants.”…. ????

Who came up with those “famous quotes”?
Who puts together and maintains that string of “best teams”?” …. and
Who keeps coming up with and developing those popular restaurant concepts?

Regular visitors to this website (and to AgentPierce’s) know….

AP and I are both fans of Marty Kotis….. also known as “That Damn Marty” of The UNC BOG.

Yes – The Restaurant King of Greensboro – is also the same Marty Kotis that has become The UNC Board of Governors’ version of Bushwood Country Club’s “Al Czervik” – (Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack.). .

…. Neither Marty nor Al could ever seem to grasp “how we do things around here”.  Actually they do understand, they just “do things” differently.   In Marty’s case, he keeps asking questions that the “hoitiest of the toity” of the BOG wish he wouldn’t ask….. bless his heart.

That same compulsion to “ask Why Not” and to defy convention has made Marty very successful in “the restaurant biz” – one of, if not THE, riskiest of all the niches of commercial real estate.

Developing successful restaurant concepts is akin to beating a “guy named Slim” at the poker table.  You might win a hand or two, but at the end of the night, Slim has all your chips.   Marty seems to “beat Slim” nearbout every time.

Here the story of Marty Kotis – The Wheelin’ Dealin’ Restaurant King of Greensboro.

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Kotis: Putting his stamp on Greensboro one deal at a time

http://www.greensboro.com/business/local_business/kotis-putting-his-stamp-on-greensboro-one-deal-at-a/article_fbe4009d-d737-5e68-a6a3-0540d652eac4.html

Posted: Sunday, January 17, 2016 12:00 am

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Walle, A.
Walle, A.
1 year ago

Marty Kotis hires the Greensboro Police Department to harass tenants in District 3 after Community Watch Gail Barger, another “person with money” according to the City of Greensboro itself, which is why “they” never get prosecuted, Barger takes photos of people, with help from the corrupt Greensboro Police Department itself, to frame and slander, the latter she’s done to others before me if that’s all she does in that program–she never “does” the truth, for the Establishment never tells the truth: it does blame; Kotis is what is wrong with the United States the same as City Council who knows… Read more »

BOG Guy
BOG Guy
4 years ago

Good article about a great guy. I love how one of the lefty commenters to the article criticized Marty for the kind of restaurants he opened. I thought opening restaurants people wanted to visit was the whole point of a business! Of course, she used the word “holisitc” in regards to restaurant, which is a “trigger” word for “I’m a whacko loony leftist who thinks businesses should NOT be able to make a profit”! She also called Marty “money hungry”. Thank God for money hungry people – they create jobs and pay taxes and buy things to help other businesses… Read more »

Doug
Doug
4 years ago

Is there really any hope that Marty can push the sluggish Republicans on the BOG into actually bringing conservative reform to the bloated, leftwing UNC system? Or are we going to witness more ongoing Republican incompetence?

GWC
GWC
4 years ago

Greensboro should be glad/proud/feel-fortunate-to-have such a positive force as Marty Kotis is proving to be in a somewhat depressed situation. There are other bright lights development-wise in the area and he is a big part of the local enthusiasm . And the BOG should be glad to have at least one devil’s advocate in their midst . My guess is that Marty , being pragmatic , wants to give Chair Spellings every chance to succeed and move the University System onward for the good of the state long term . I know new chair Bissette and firmly believe he will… Read more »

58 wolf kennel
58 wolf kennel
4 years ago

Very good story and a good friend to have. Maybe Marty should build the planned basketball dorm at NC State with 24 ft ceilings.
Would love to get him involved with our new Disciple of Christ Church in Charlotte (renovating a 1950 Methodist Church building for multiple purposes as Missiongathering Christian Church on the new light rail line in Charlotte’s NoDa area.
What are his thoughts on Spellings?

Doug
Doug
4 years ago
Reply to  58 wolf kennel

What are his thoughts on Spellings? You mean the shemale with a lack of academic credentials everyone suddenly is all twitipated about. Funny but I don’t recall the same concern when CD Spangler or Erskine Bowles were appointed with similar credentials to the same position. That must have been when Dem’s had all the marbles in the NC Legislature and didn’t want to share. ?

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