"It was my dream to have a bar in the East Village," says Joseph Daniele, who opened the Black Rose (117 Avenue A), a new rock bar in the old Odessa Cafe space, with his brother Robert Payne last weekend.
"I grew up in the Bronx and I remember my two older brothers — I'm the youngest of seven — going out in St. Marks and telling me about it. How wild it was. How crazy. When I was eighteen, I moved to the East Village. I had to be here. I could feel the history. It was all about energy and possibility. So opening a bar here, well, that's everything."