Richard Boccato was born in Florence, Italy and raised in Brooklyn, New York. From 2005-2009 he was employed as a bartender at Little Branch and Milk & Honey, respectively. In May of 2009 Boccato and Sasha Petraske swung the doors of Dutch Kills; a cocktail saloon in Long Island City, Queens where block ice has been hand-cut down to size for cocktails directly behind the bar since day one. In the Spring of 2010, Boccato opened PKNY aka "Painkiller", a New York City Tiki Bar. In December 2010, Boccato teamed up with Brooklyn’s finest cocktail crew to open Weather Up Tribeca in downtown Manhattan; which is the first bar in the world to feature in-house block ice production with its own Clinebell CB300X2D carving block ice making machine, yielding 600 pounds of crystal-clear ice every two-to-three day cycle. In the Spring of 2011, Boccato and his Dutch Kills colleagues chose to further their Clinebell fascination when they brought forth Hundredweight, a block ice production and delivery service for cocktail bars and beyond. In May of 2012, Boccato and his Weather Up partners expanded their horizons to Austin, Texas to include a new cocktail bar and block ice production facility.