It’s been a tough week so far for Ludlow Street. Last night, we spoke with Francesca Romeo, co-owner of Motor City Bar, who confirmed reports that the beloved Lower East Side spot will be shutting down. Yesterday a reader tipped off EV Grieve about the closure. Romeo, who runs rock-in-roll accented “Motor City” with partner Teresa Farnell, said their lease was up and the landlord did not give the option of renewal.
“Motor City” opened in 1996 when few businesses (other than pioneering LES haunt “Max Fish”) dared to make a go of it in the pre-gentrified neighborhood. Romeo said the lease expires at the end of the month but it’s possible they’ll be able to stay in the space a little bit longer, and they’re keeping open the possibility of opening another New York bar. Romeo, by the way, is an alum of our My LES series. In addition to her title of “bar owner,” she’s a filmmaker and photographer and has been living in California, while making frequent trips back to NYC, in recent months.