Mark and Mary Devlin were once overseas-publishing magnates, creating, among other magazines, Metropolis_⎯the widely circulated weekly English-speaker’s guide to Tokyo⎯and the online newspaper _Japan Today. After 18 years of living in Japan, the couple moved with their two children to Sarasota, where they began yearning for the electrifying karaoke clubs so abundant in Tokyo. In particular, they missed the city’s private rooms, where friends can sing for each other or practice Nobel acceptance speeches without fear, and so the entrepreneurial clan decided to open their own hot spot, Kroaky’s, where a main lounge harmonizes with 10 fully equipped private chambers.
Since opening its doors, Kroaky's Karaoke has attracted droves of five-minute superstars, garnering attention from such media outlets as the Herald-Tribune. Along with the private rooms featuring full room service, Kroaky's webcam allows customers to view the lounge’s performances from home or broadcast the subliminal Soviet propaganda encoded in Starship’s "We Built This City."