Kate Krader of Food & Wine reports big changes are ahead for the East Side Company Bar space:
If you’re like me, and one tiki drink is never enough, here’s good news. The men behind the awesome Dutch Kills bar in Long Island City—Giuseppe Gonzalez and Richard Boccato—are
opening a tiki bar in Manhattan. Called Painkiller, the bar is
scheduled to open by early March. “We’re trading in Old-Fashioneds for
Mai Tais,” says Gonzalez. Well, not exactly: Since the team is planning
to blend 1970s New York culture and 1940s tiki culture, this may just
be the best-ever tiki bar. Even the address is cool: It’s on Essex
Street, in the old East Side Company Bar space.