This other owner is Dan Maccarone, and we don't have a nickname for him. Yet. Dan has the appearance of a very young man, young enough that you think to yourself "he's too young to go to a bar never mind own one," but obviously he's older than he appears because he is also owner of a web design firm that shares its office in the Village Voice building with Curbed and Foursquare. An apparent triad of whiz kids attempting to take over the interwebs.
Last week the company I work for did a promotion with Jetsetter, and it turns out that Mr. Maccarone's company designed the Jetsetter website. I consider this a coincidence of gigantic proportions and only wish I knew about it before I met him so that I would have had something conversational to say to him.
According to Amateur Gourmet, Mr. Maccarone wanted to own a bar his whole life and Destination was a dream come true, despite the work they had to put in to make it usable. In this interview, he shares three lessons he learned about opening a bar in New York. The first lesson was about the ins and outs of New York politics, followed by a list of five additional lessons. Perhaps one of the things he didn't learn was how to count how many things he learned. This was the lesson I liked the most. And by recently adding a "late night menu" after nearly a year in business, they appear to be sticking to what they promised. (See here for what they promised.)
Community Board 3 is loathe to add any more bars to the East Village.
In the process of getting our approval, I watched other restaurants with just as much drive and excitement about their creations get rejected. Sometimes it was because their venues were too close to others. Sometimes people from the community were there to oppose any new venues on their streets. One community member was at the board meeting just to complain about another recently opened bar they felt was already causing trouble. If one thing was clear, we were going to have to stick to everything we promised the community board, because the only time anyone was going to put our name in front of them was to complain.
You can find out more about these three company's shared office and see their cafeteria-style space that looks like it would be like working inside a busy bar here.
If I was a real journalist I would have tried to interview him. But I'm not. Sorry.