Plans For Former Motor City Space Begin to Emerge

We’re learning a little bit more about the new operator hoping to take over the old Motor City space at 127 Ludlow St.

127 ludlow st.
127 Ludlow St.

Motor City, the rock ‘n roll bar that closed this past summer after 17 years in business, was one of the few actual neighborhood joints left on the Lower East Side. The owners said their landlord made it very clear they were not wanted in the building any longer. Now Community Board 3 documents reveal that a guy by the name of Ray Yuk wants to take over the space, creating a restaurant and bar with seven tables and 30 seats plus 10 more seats at the bar.

The place would be open until 4am and would feature a small dj booth and a “raw bar.” There’s no information as of yet regarding the applicant’s background, although his email address led us to the web site of The Set NYC, “a Manhattan-based Event/Production company (that) provides multiple venues for up & coming artists, models, DJ’s and entertainers from a rich mosaic of talent to perform for their fans, the general public, Media and talent scouts.” Mr. Yuk did not respond to a request via email for more information.

He’s seeking a full bar in what the community board has identified as a “saturated area,” in which applicants are required to prove a “public benefit or strong support from residents living in the immediate area.”

At next week’s meeting of CB3’s liquor licensing committee, applicants for the former Max Fish space as well as the El Sombrero space will also pitch ideas for new concepts.  So board members will be helping decide the future of three beloved venues that have either been forced to move or shut down as Ludlow Street transforms.