Death & Co for L.A.?

Dang you, Eater. You got our hopes all up. The eat and drinks website posted a deliciously juicy tidbit that the famed New York bar, Death & Co was sniffing around town to open an L.A. version. It certainly seems like something they would do — I could imagine them putting up a joint downtown like their cocktail brother-in-arms Sasha Petraske did with The Varnish.

For those of you West Coasters who’ve never heard of Death & Co, it’s a meticulously designed, beautiful-looking space with an ominous name that offers the kind of precious cocktails with names like Sleepy Hollow Fizz and the Faithful Scotsman that will make you part with $20 without blinking an eye. They were also the subject of a neighborhood feud in the East Village because the East Village is filled with people who hate bars and have nothing else to do than go to community meetings and pressure the State Liquor Board to deny liquor licenses. Death & Co won.

But I am getting a little sidetracked.

I had talked to owner Ravi De Rossi years ago about the feud. Something of an email and contact information pack rat, I dug into my files and found his digits staring at me in the face. And then I called it. I nervously asked if Eater’s info was correct. “It’s just rumors,” he said — a little too quickly — and added. “It’s possible. But it’d be years away.” He could be bluffing. But probably not. I sighed, audibly.

He seemed to feel bad that I was so let down. “I’m sorry about that.” So: no go (for now).

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