As EV Grieve noted the other day, 180 Ludlow Street is beginning to look more like the hotel it’s destined to become with each passing week. The “Ludlow Hotel” site was stalled for many years before the team behind the Bowery Hotel, the Jane Hotel and many other Manhattan properties bought it two years ago for $25 million. A week from tonight, they’ll ask Community Board 3’s SLA Committee to support their liquor license application for the 20-story hotel’s ground-floor restaurant.
The names listed on the application are Richard Born, Ira Druckier, Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson. Some or all of the applicants are involved in some of the city’s most well-known hotels and restaurants, including the Maritime, the Mercer and aforementioned Bowery and Jane Hotels. Restaurants in their portfolio include The Park in West Chelsea, the Waverly Inn and B Bar in the East Village.
Ludlow Hotel Food and Beverage LLC will operate a 24 hour restaurant with 25 tables and 100 seats. It’s an Italian menu very similar to the fare offered at Gemma in the Bowery Hotel (salads, pastas, pizzas and a few seafood and meat entrees (you can see the complete sample menu as well as floor plans here). There will be breakfast, lunch and dinner.
In the section of the application that asks whether the operators would be willing to close doors and windows at 10 p.m., they write, “to be discussed.” They also indicate there will be DJ’s, but indicate no “promoted” events are planned.
The SLA Committee meeting takes place Monday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the JASA apartment building, 200 East 5th Street.