This New Cocktail Bar Will Donate 100% of Profits to Causes Under Attack by Trump
Sother Teague, Maxwell Green, and Ravi DeRossi of Coup in NYC.
President Donald Trump is famously known to shun booze altogether, but that’s not the only reason you won’t see 45 having a drink at this New York City cocktail bar. Set to open on April 14, Coup in NYC’s East Village will be donating every single cent of its profits to nonprofit organizations whose efforts are threatened by the Trump administration.
The brainchild of prolific restaurateur Ravi DeRossi—proprietor of the lauded cocktail bar Death & Co. and tiki gastropub Mother of Pearl, among others—along with his longtime cohorts Sother Teague and Maxwell Green of Amor y Amargo, the bar will open by raising funds for the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood. Upon ordering a cocktail, guests will receive a token which they can place in the jar designated to their cause of choice.
DeRossi, the first-generation son of Indian immigrants, says he fell into a state of depression following the election, which he felt was an assault on equality in America. “I didn’t expect it to hit me so hard,” he tells SAVEUR. “The despair of not being able to do anything was really overwhelming.”
Luckily, DeRossi is no stranger to using business as vehicles for change—last year, he converted all of his businesses into vegan, meat-free operations, with proceeds going towards animal rights causes. So naturally, when a restaurant deal fell through, leaving an empty space for a new project, he saw an opportunity to affect real change. “Sother and Max and I had been sitting around at Amor y Amargo every night talking politics until 4 in the morning,” says DeRossi. “When we got this space, it was going to be just a pop-up, but then we said, ‘Why don’t we just do this as long as the current regime is in power?’”
This gin drink from Amor y Amargo is as gutsy as the bartenders who created it.