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NYC Bar Owner Arrested for Setting Bar Aflame with Alcohol

Things got hot (doy!) last Sunday night at the Chinatown cocktail lounge Apotheke.

June 15, 2010

My friend Shalini just tipped me off to this bit of news on the NYT’s Diner’s Journal blog.

On Sunday, June 13, the co-owner of Chinatown bar Apotheke was arrested for performing his signature move: pouring alcohol on the bar and lighting it on fire.

I’m not going to pretend I didn’t recognize Apotheke immediately as the cocktail lounge recently featured on "The Real Housewives of New York City." Go ahead and judge me if you like, I have no regrets about vicariously accompanying the Countess Luann on her first date with Court Somebody, the author of a hit book called Scandalocity.

I was there for the whole sexy mess, people, including the point when the countess and her escort stood up to watch the tender set the bar on fire. "Is it getting hot in here?" quipped Court. "Oh yeah!" said the countess. Or maybe she didn’t. But that’s how I remember it.

Anyway, let that be a lesson to you local bartenders: Don’t go getting fancy and pouring the booze on the bar when you’re making a blue blazer or whatever.

Yup, that’s all I’ve got for a local tie-in. Kind of sad, isn’t it? But seeing as this post is already a trainwreck, I might as well take the opportunity to point out something I love about the Countess’s single "Money Can’t Buy You Class." I love how she keeps saying "my friends," as if she were John McCain giving one of his disasterous campaign speeches. Oh yeah!

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