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Soho House Submits Documents For Lower East Side Liquor Permit

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Soho House files the necessary paperwork for a liquor license at 139 Ludlow St., in spite of Community Board 3’s opposition.

139 Ludlow Street.  Photo courtesy: Soho House.
139 Ludlow Street. Photo courtesy: Soho House.

Eater noticed the filing on the State Liquor Authority’s web site.  According to the SLA’s online database, the private members’ club submitted its application this past Friday. There’s no indication as of yet when the case will be heard.  First, there will be what’s known as a 500 Foot Hearing, in which Soho House representatives will make their case for a liquor license in an area of the neighborhood that already has more than 50 liquor permits.  Then SLA commissioners will make the final call at a second hearing.

The battle over the new club dragged on for many months earlier this year, culminating in CB3’s decision in May not to support the proposal.  Opponents, many of whom are members of the LES Dwellers neighborhood group, are expected to make a strong show of force before the liquor authority.  Soho House already has an outpost in the Meatpacking District.  Executives with the company said they sought to open a new location in a former funeral home on the LES because many of their members live in the area.


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