Lovegun is set to open with a bang this week in Brooklyn. Benjamin Maisani, left (who is also Anderson Cooper’s boyfriend) co-owns the new bar, along with Pablo Raimondi, Darren Dryden and Chris Canon. The team also owns Eastern Bloc, Bedlam and Atlas Social Club. LG is slated to open at 617 Grand Street this week (on Friday, September 12) with two main floors, a sunken lounge area and two full service bars, with Frankie Sharp’s new party “GIRLS”. (Lena Dunham will NOT be there –I’m pretty sure– it’s not that kind of “GIRLS” party. The Huffington Post asked Maisani why Williamsburg now?
“I’ve been wanting to open a bar in Williamsburg for a long time now, as I always liked the energy of that neighborhood… there’s actually not that many neighborhoods in the city where one can open a gay bar and hope to be successful, since gay men tend to congregate in spots that have a cluster of established gay bars (the better to go bar-hopping). I already own two bars in the East Village/LES, and one (Atlas Social Club) in Hell’s Kitchen, so it just it made sense to me to do one in Williamsburg. It was just a matter of finding the right space in the right spot.”
Hmmm, might just have to hop on the L and head out that way to see for myself. For more of the interview with Maisani, check out the Huffington Post.