The Fight Over Painkiller

Posted in Editor's Notes on June 10th, 2011 by Josh

A few weeks ago, during the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, I told you about my visit to Painkiller. After only a year in business, this Lower East Side tiki bar has become an instant classic, and a favorite among bartenders and cocktailians around the country, myself included.

Well, as you may have seen on Twitter or Facebook yesterday, Painkiller has found themselves in a legal dispute over their name. Pusser’s Rum, a brand based in the British Virgin Islands, claims a trademark to the name Painkiller, and filed suit in federal court against the bar’s owners claiming irreparable harm to its brand, unfair competition and unfair business practices. You can read all about it via The LoDown or Robert Simonson.

The result: Painkiller’s owners – Giuseppe Gonzalez and Richard Boccato – have agreed, according to The LoDown: Read More

Tags: giuseppe gonzalez, Intellectual Property, painkiller, PKNY, Pusser's Rum, Richard Boccato, Robert Simonson, Trademarking

MCC 2011 – Behind The Bar: Painkiller

Posted in Events on May 18th, 2011 by Josh

In some fit of insanity while planning my agenda for the 2011 Manhattan Cocktail Classic, I chose to schedule a Behind the Bar session at Painkiller early in the afternoon on the day following The Gala. As excited as I was to learn more about the bar that is leading the Tiki Revolution, I was dreading another drink so soon after the prior evening’s revelry; especially from a bartender as renowned for knocking his patrons on their asses as proprietor Giuseppe González. Fortunately, he was relatively kind!

Painkiller is located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and in its short life to-date (they just celebrated their one year anniversary earlier this month), it already has a reputation. Ask anyone who has been there about their Painkiller experience and more likely than not, they remember simply that they enjoyed it; not much else! But Painkiller has also established their reputation as a world-class cocktail bar, particularly in the tiki style. Not a surprise, given the pedigree of owning partners Giuseppe González (Flatiron Lounge, Clover Club) and Richard Boccato (Little Branch, Dutch Kills). Read More

Tags: Events, giuseppe gonzalez, mcc, painkiller, tiki

Will you be at MCC 2011?

Posted in Events on March 31st, 2011 by Josh

It’s that time again! The 2011 Manhattan Cocktail Classic is just around the corner, and tickets go on sale tomorrow – April 1, 2011 at noon Eastern time. The list of events this year is staggering, and I’m finding it nearly impossible to choose. But here are the events I know I’ll be attending for certain: Read More

Tags: eleven madison park, mcc, painkiller