A coup is generally associated with the sudden and often violent seizure of power from a ruling government. A few individuals in NYC recently opened up their own version of Coup as a form of resistance against the current administration at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Coup is a cocktail bar in the NoHo section of Manhattan. The venue was founded by Ravi DeRossi, Sother Teague, and Max Green. DeRossi is also owner or co-owner of other popular NYC cocktail bars such as Death & Company, Amor y Amarago, and Mayahuel among others. The November election had a profound effect on DeRossi. “I couldn’t sit at home and sulk. I wanted to do something more positive,” he said.
A talented lineup of guest bartenders will donate their time working at the bar bringing a few of their own signature cocktails to complement a dozen classics on Coup’s menu. Drinks range in price from $15 to $20. Patrons are given a wooden token after purchasing a drink where they can place into one of several jars placed around the bar marked with the name of a charity.
Despite the owners’ motivation for opening the bar, they claim it is not anti-Trump, instead focusing on a pro-charity theme targeting causes they feel are directly threatened by the Trump administration. “One-hundred percent of the profits are going to organizations that are either being defunded by the current administration or need money to fight the current administration, like Planned Parenthood and the A.C.L.U.,” DeRossi said.
We’re only a few months into the Trump administration and the anti-Trump movement continues strong. I assume this individual will now have two bars in NYC to avoid next time he looks for a drink in the city.
Incidentally, DeRossi and company could be making a cogent argument why federal funding is unnecessary for the government programs and causes they are promoting. Whatever one feels about the bar owners’ motivation, the underlying sentiment is encouraging and a model worth emulating. If you feel strongly about a cause, there are many ways to voluntarily contribute, reducing or outright replacing the coercive funding method of taxation. Thus, political debate on such matters is rendered moot.