The Luc Carl publicity machine is shifting into overdrive. Fortunately he was having an “awesome hair day,” when the New York Times visited recently, checking out Luc’s old stomping grounds (the St. Jerome’s Bar). Carl, Lady Gaga’s ex, is busy pimping “The Drunk Diet,” his new book. In the highly entertaining story, Carl dishes about his short-lived involvement with Ludlow Manor, the troubled triple-decker bar struggling to get back in the State Liquor Authority’s good graces.
As you might recall, Ludlow Manor’s owners announced last week they’ve brought in New York Nightlife Association head Paul Seres to save the multi-million dollar nightlife venture — and dumped Carl as manager. Here’s how Times’ reporter Steven Kurutz described Carl’s thoughts on the debacle:
Although tabloid reports said he was booted out as an owner, Mr. Carl said he was brought in only to manage a bar on the second floor called the Casino. Problems with the liquor license led to the split, he said; on a recent evening the space sat empty, with dusty, upturned tables scattered about. “My life is very volatile, man,” Mr. Carl said. He added that he thinks he had been used by the owners to get “free press.”
Carl was brought in to Ludlow Manor by nightlife promoter Georgie Seville. In the Times, Seville didn’t directly respond to the allegations that Carl had been “used,” saying only that he was the “king” who “turned the St. Jerome around” and (presumably) Seville hoped Carl could work his magic on the new nightlife multiplex.