Kaarin Von

President, Von Design, Ltd. and Von Bar

Works in Restaurant

Can advise in Lease Negotiations

Kaarin also speaks Italian,

Attend a mentor session

Kaarin Von is an entrepreneur in NYC‘s bar and restaurant industry. In 1996, she opened the eponymous Von Bar, and it has been a staple of the Downtown nightlife scene ever since. Kaarin has collaborated with, and consulted on, several restaurant and bar projects over the past many years, and is currently working on a new concept.
In between projects, Kaarin earned an MFA at City College of New York. For a long time she has striven to sell her novel about the revelers and ghosts that haunt a Bowery dive bar in the 90’s. She is also the co-founder of Bowery Gothic, a reading series at Von, and its companion literary journal. But publishing is a tough business! Nevertheless, part of the process—indeed part of life— is the struggle to pick yourself up after being knocked down; to learn from your mistakes; to dig deep and find the courage to get back up and try again. 
Fortitude, resilience, and creativity are all essential things for entrepreneurs. But equally important are community, support, and compassion. Kaarin is excited to share her experience and expertise with other women entrepreneurs to help them fine-tune their ideas, take practical steps toward achieving their goals, and build community and professional support around projects.