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Former Punk Band Manager Plans to Open 'Happy' Bar in Bushwick

By Serena Dai | September 14, 2015 8:38am
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BUSHWICK — The former road manager of punk band The Blackout Pact — known for its "nakedness, homelessness and debauchery" — is opening a bar in Bushwick he calls a "happy place."

Before the idea for the bar was even a twinkle in his eye, 35-year-old Seth Piracci was road manager and "spiritual adviser" to the Denver band known as The Blackout Pact, which debuted in 2005, played the Warped Tour and opened for groups like Yellowcard and The Fall of Troy.

The group — which the lead singer described as "the biggest drunks at the party" and is known for songs like "We Drink So You Don't Have To" — broke up nearly a decade ago.

Following the break-up, the days of managing a band had seemingly come to an end for Piracci, who's now hoping to open a "very easygoing, good place" in Bushwick.

"It will be a very happy place," Piracci told the Bushwick Community Board liquor license committee last week.

While he doesn't have a name for the spot yet, construction is already underway at 1446 Myrtle Ave., which also includes an outdoor space that will be closed for drinking by 9 p.m. Food will also be served, he said.

Construction is expected to be completed in December or January, Piracci added.

The committee asked that Piracci bring in more details about his plans for the bar, before it can make its recommendation to the State Liquor Authority, which has the final say in rejecting or approving liquor license applications.  

In other Bushwick liquor license news:

► The newly minted tapas joint Industry 1332, located at 1332 Halsey St., may soon serve liquor.

Currently, the restaurant is only open for dinner on weekdays. But it's planning to change its hours to 7 a.m. to 4 a.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to midnight on Sundays. Industry 1332 hopes to serve liquor during lunchtime as well as dinner.

► The Bushwick liquor license committee is ready to push an application to open a bar at the former Body Actualized Center space at 143 Troutman St. to the bottom of the list.

The owners of the new bar failed to show up to the last two meetings dedicated to getting the community board's blessing for a liquor license, CB4 District Manager Nadine Whitted said.

Construction of the bar started a couple weeks ago, according to workers on the site. The bar owners, listed as Hearts in Crafts LLC, could not immediately be reached.

Whitted noted that soundproofing would be necessary for any new liquor license on the property.

Body Actualized Center, known for its all-night raves, received 14 complaints for loud music before closing at the end of last year, according to 311 records.

► A Bushwick Latin restaurant may have trouble getting a permanent liquor license after receiving seven noise complaints this year.

Lopez Bar Restaurant, at 856 Knickerbocker Ave., currently has a temporary permit to serve alcohol and is now applying for a full liquor license, according to State Liquor Authority records.

Whitted said officials met with the restaurant's owners regarding noise issues in May, only to have another noise complaint pop up in June.

"This location was supposed to be operating as a restaurant but it’s more like a lounge, bar," Whitted said.

The owners did not show up to the meeting or return DNAinfo's request for comment.