Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Ravi DeRossi to Open Gin Palace in Los Angeles
Ravi DeRossi, the stealth player in the East Village cocktail scene boom, is now casting his gaze west.
DeRossi is looking to open a new gin-oriented bar in the City of Angels. It's name will be Gin Palace, after the one-time term for the lavish liquor emporia that once dotted Victorian London. According to the Village Voice, he's already started construction in L.A., and hopes to open another Gin Palace in New York—though he suspects he cannot secure another liquor license in the East Village. DeRossi is already the owner or part-owner of Death & Co., Mayahuel, Desnuda and Cienfuegos. The latter only opened a few months ago, and still has to see the unveiling of its downstairs rum cocktail bar, which will be called El Cobre. (The upstairs is a rum punch bar.)
DeRossi told the Voice he plans to offer "hundreds" of different kinds of tea sandwiches at Gin Palace, served on three-tiered silver platters. (Dainty!)
That will make two new bars in the work in L.A. by Death & Co. partners. It was reported earlier this year that DeRossi's partner David Kaplan is planning to open a bar with former Death & Co. bartender Alex Day at the helm.