RIDGEFIELD, Conn., Sept. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Southridge Capital, a diversified financial holding company specializing in direct investment and advisory services to small and middle market companies, is the lead investor in Iconic Brands’ BiVi Sicilian Vodka, which has partnered with Chazz Palminteri, the legendary actor best known for “A Bronx Tale,” his 1990 one-man show and 1993 film about life growing up in the New York City borough.
In October, Palminteri expects to open an upscale Italian restaurant in midtown Manhattan called Chazz Palminteri. This project was set in motion, according to the actor, after he met restaurateurs the Sinanaj brothers at their midtown eatery the Empire Steakhouse. “I had a steak there, and it was the best steak of my life,” the actor told the Wall Street Journal.
The restaurant will also feature a special “Rat Pack” drink menu featuring a martini made with Iconic Brands’ BiVi Sicilian Vodka, for which Palminteri also shot a commercial in Sicily.
BiVi Vodka, a subsidiary of Iconic Brands, Inc. announced recently that it has shipped its first 600 cases of premium Sicilian vodka to its distributor network. BiVi is the first Sicilian vodka to be produced and sold in the US and is made from the finest Sicilian semolina wheat and the pristine water of the island of Sicily.
The ingredients are masterfully handcrafted at an artisan distillery by Mastro Distillatore Giovanni La Fauci who built his first still when he was eleven years old. The Giovi distillery has been producing in this location for generations, a region that benefits from a warm Tyrrhenian climate opening up to reveal the natural beauty of Capo Milazzo and the Aeolian Islands.
Stephen Hicks, CEO and Founder of Southridge says, “We are very excited that the legendary Chazz Palminteri has decided to partner with BiVi Vodka and look forward to working with their management on further development of the brand.”
About Southridge Capital
Southridge Capital is a diversified financial holding company specializing in direct investment and advisory services to small and middle market companies. Since 1996 the structured finance team has made direct investment of over $1.8 billion into growth companies globally. Our expertise lies in our ability to customize a financing plan for the prospective client and then execute on that plan without fail. For more information, visit: www.southridge.com