CB3 Liquor Licensing Committee: The DL, Lo-Fi, Zoe and More

The DL, 95 Delancey Street.

Here’s a wrap-up of last night’s CB3 liquor licensing hearing. The most time-consuming and contentious applications concerned above-Houston establishments. You can read all about the latest Community Board 3 rejection of 200 Avenue A (formerly Superdive) and the angst about a new license at “Bikinis,” 56 Avenue C in EV Grieve and The Local EV. As usual, we’ll concentrate on the below Houston applications.

The new team from the Ludlow Manor (now called “The DL”) came back the CB3′s SLA Committee in search of an expanded liquor permit for their third floor roof lounge. The big club, located at the corner of Delancey and Ludlow streets, got a license for the ground floor restaurant last May (although the restaurant wasn’t operational – serving food until this month). So far the community board and the State Liquor Authority have balked at granting the huge nightlife venue more liquor licenses (officially the SLA has listed the additional license as “pending.”)

Talking With the New Man in Charge at The DL

"The DL," 95 Delancey Street. Photo credit: The DL.

One of the neighborhood’s bigger soap operas in recent months has revolved around Ludlow Manor, the triple-decker nightlife venue at 95 Delancey Street.  The involvement of Luc Carl, Lady Gaga’s ex, plus multiple clashes with Community Board 3 and the State Liquor Authority (SLA) generated all kinds of negative PR.  Earlier this month, the club announced it was changing course –  re-branding and bringing in new management.  Earlier this week, we stopped by “The DL” (which is what they’re calling Ludlow Manor now)  to talk with Paul Seres, who’s now charged with day-to-day operations.

The club, opened by the operators of The Delancey” (168 Delancey Street), obtained a liquor license for a ground-floor tapas restaurant last year but did not have authority to serve on the second and third levels.  The venue was forced to close temporarily amid allegations from the SLA that booze was allowed on the upper floors, and that no prepared food was available (a condition of the state license). CB3 declined to support the new liquor permits, saying the applicants had repeatedly misrepresented what was really happening at Ludlow Manor.

Shakeup at Ludlow Manor: Luc Carl is Out

Ludlow Manor, 95 Delancey Street. Photo credit: Grub Street.

Ludlow Manor is back in business tonight after a series of missteps with Community Board 3 and (more importantly) the State Liquor Authority. They’re now serving real food (peanut butter sandwiches have been replaced by tapas) and the booze is flowing on the ground floor.

A few hours ago we received an email from publicist Nick Carcaterra, who’s now representing the troubled bar. The big headlines: Paul Seres, head of the New York Nightlife Association, has been brought in to get the big entertainment multiplex on track… and Luc Carl (Lady Gaga’s ex) is no longer in the picture.

Update: Ludlow Manor Shuttered Indefinitely

The only lights on at Ludlow Manor, for now, are the reflections from across Delancey Street.

Following up on last week’s news that Ludlow Manor had its alcohol permit suspended, we checked in with the State Liquor Authority to see what’s next for Delancey Street’s new triplex mega-bar.

Here’s the upshot: the fledgling nightlife spot may reopen, but it’s unclear when.

After SLA authorities issued a stern summons to owner Tomasz Dyszkiewicz on Dec. 19 to appear before its board in January, Dyszkiewicz responded by pleading “conditional no contest” to the charges leveled against his business, and offered to pay a $10,000 fine, according to SLA documents obtained by The Lo-Down. The complaint included accusations that on at least two different occasions in November, police officers observed Ludlow Manor serving alcohol at bars on the second and third floors that were not licensed. (The club was licensed for a first-floor bar only.)

Report: State Pulls Ludlow Manor’s Liquor License

Ludlow Manor, 95 Delancey Street. Photo credit: Grub Street.

Last Wednesday, the team behind troubled nightlife multiplex Ludlow Manor faced a hearing before the State Liquor Authority (SLA). In December, you may recall, Community Board 3 refused to support an expanded liquor license for the huge club in light of what CB3 members called “multiple misrepresentations” by the owners. But the community board’s decisions are only advisory; it was the SLA’s decision to make.

New York Times Imagines Ludlow Manor Being “Swallowed Back Into the Earth”

Ludlow Manor, 93 Delancey Street.

There’s a lively conversation happening in our comments section regarding Ludlow Manor, the controversial nightlife multi-plex at 95 Delancey Street.  Ben Detrick of the New York Times also has some pretty strong opinions about the new club, which has been battling to expand it liquor license.  Here are some of his observations in today’s “Boite” column:

…Ludlow Manor could have fit in a space one-tenth its size. The bar on the first floor was empty. Upstairs, go-go dancers in lingerie aroused little attention. And on the enormous roof, most of the action was on the concrete smoking patio. As a D.J. played “New York Groove” without irony, one could imagine the place failing spectacularly and being swallowed back into the earth.

…Ludlow Manor rises above a busy commercial strip as if airdropped from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The first floor will be a restaurant serving small plates of something or other; the second is a dark lounge with bordello-burgundy lighting and strippers in lingerie; the third is a huge deck with a retractable roof, palms and a shallow rectangular pool. It is a regurgitation of trends, none fully digested and none palatable.

A hostess and a sizable doorman guard the velvet rope in hopes of weeding out the less desirable. But with its cavernous size (capacity is 400) and magnetic location, the binge-drinking hordes will breach these doors.

CB3 Panel Comes Down Hard on Ludlow Manor

Photo credit: Grub Street.

As we all are very much aware by now, Luc Carl, Lady Gaga’s ex, likes to hang out with “sexy people” who “care how their hair looks.” So it probably goes without saying that he was unimpressed with Community Board 3 even before members of the liquor licensing committee read him the riot act last night.

Carl, cohort Georgie Seville and the team from “The Delancey” returned to CB3′s SLA Committee for a third time in their ill-fated quest to extend their liquor permit at the “Ludlow Manor,” the triple-decker nightlife complex they opened in October. The panel voted 3-2 to reject their bid for liquor permits on the second and third floors (they received permission for a ground floor license earlier this year). The problem: board members were rather displeased that the club had apparently been serving alcohol on the roof-top bar in spite of the fact that the State Liquor Authority has not yet acted on a permanent license.

Coming Up Next Month at CB3′s SLA Hearing

Is there a revival in the works for Ha'Chi, the Thompson LES Hotel's Asian fusion restaurant that opened in July and closed a few weeks ago?

Next month’s agenda for Community Board 3′s liquor license hearing is fresh off the presses this afternoon, and there are a few items of note:

  • Papaya Restaurant, Inc., is seeking a wine and beer license at 249A Broome Street, between Ludlow and Orchard.
  • Ha’Chi Enterprises, which closed its Asian-fusion restaurant in the Thompson LES Hotel at 185 Orchard St. after just a few months, is seeking a wine and beer license at that same address.
  • An establishment called Repair, at 165 Ludlow St., is seeking a full bar license.
  • Los Feliz, at 109 Ludlow St., is seeking permission to do alterations.
  • Foundation, at 137 Essex, is seeking a new full-bar permit.
  • The owners of Ludlow Manor, the new triplex bar at 95 Delancey, will be back to plead their case for additional bars within their huge space, which opened last weekend with only one permitted bar.

The meeting takes place Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at the JASA/Green Residence, 200 E. 5th St. at Bowery.

See the full agenda after the jump.

Ludlow Manor Preps Official Opening Next Weekend

Ludlow Manor, at the corner of Delancey and Ludlow.

The team behind Ludlow Manor, the three-story nightlife multi-plex on Delancey Street, is not letting its troubles with Community Board 3 stand in the way of a good time.  Last week, Page Six revealed that Luc Carl, Lady Gaga’s ex, is teaming up with the operators of “The Delancey,” to open this massive new venue.  Last month, CB3 prevailed upon the owners to withdraw their liquor license application until they could come up with a “better plan” for controlling late night crowds and noise.

As we noted in our story last week, there have already been some preview parties, including a big Halloween bash. Judging from twitter traffic over the weekend and blurry tumblr photos, Ludlow Manor unofficially opened Saturday night.  One guest tweeted, “soft opening of the Ludlow Manor was amazing. definitely what a three story playground should look like.”  Another blogged, “it’s such a dope space I had to share…6,000 sq ft of lounging…drinking…eating…and one of the best rooftops (I think) downtown.”

Details Emerge About Ludlow Manor, Triplex Bar on Delancey

Ludlow Manor, at the corner of Delancey and Ludlow, is scheduled to open later this month.

This morning, the NY Post reported that Ludlow Manor, the new outsized bar nearing completion at the corner of Delancey and Ludlow streets, has some celebrity cachet in backer Luc Carl, former manager of LES bar St. Jerome’s, and off-again, on-again playmate of local sweetheart Lady Gaga. From the Page Six story:

The hot spot will include a tapas restaurant, a rock club run by Carl and a revolving DJ roster at the rooftop bar, which will feature a retractable roof  and smoking area. “I want sexy people that care how their hair looks,” said Carl.

Friends of the metal rocker DJ, who plans to publish a book about losing weight while drinking heavily (“The Drunk Diet,” due out March 2012), got a private preview of his new 480-patron venue at a Halloween party Monday night. Judging from the Twitter chatter, it was quite the scene, with music by the Rivington Rebels.

News of Carl’s involvement was just the latest development in a busy run-up to opening day for the bar’s backers, who include Georgie Seville and the folks behind The Delancey, another rooftop bar just a few blocks east.

Morning Reads: Gaga’s Ex Helms 95 Delancey Mega-Bar, Bridge Patrols, Jeffrey Lewis’ New Work

  • Lady Gaga’s ex, Luc Carl, is behind the triplex nightclub, Ludlow Manor, set to open “later this month” at 95 Delancey St. (Later today, we’ll have more coverage of the bar’s liquor license efforts and other details.) (NYPost)
  • “Pedestrian safety managers” on the East River bridges have a really “stressful” job and say they see cyclists “kicking tourists.” (Gothamist)
  • A look at the new album from the LES’ “prolific anti-folk singer-songwriter,” Jeffrey Lewis. (NPR)
  • Carsten Holler’s show at the New Museum gets the green light from city inspectors. (WNYC)
  • Mast Books on Avenue A gets props from an NYC makeup artist. (Racked)