If you're a New York City barfly, you've likely patronized one of Ravi DeRossi's watering holes. His first project was the Bourgeois Pig, a space that was "originally going to be an antiques store, then an antiques store/coffeeshop, then a coffeeshop/winebar," he says. When it opened, it commanded two- to three-hour waits. And he followed that up with Death + Company, one of the city's most prolific bars. He now has sixteen drinking dens, about which he says, "I got lucky. I have zero background in this business — but Death + Company became what it is."
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