After a year and a half as a bartender at Death + Company, award-winning mixologist Al Sotack is getting ready to strike out on his own. He and Maks Pazuniak, former head bartender at New Orleans’s acclaimed Cure, plan to open a cocktail bar late this summer in an old check-cashing facility on Flushing Avenue in Bushwick.
Sotack, an NYU alum, made a name for himself as head bartender at Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. in Philadelphia. During his time at the at acclaimed “drinking establishment” — which was nominated twice for James Beard Awards — Sotack was voted Eater Philly’s “Bartender of the Year” for 2012, and he won the 2013 StarChefs.com Philadelphia Rising Star Mixologist Award.
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