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Progress Report: Hummus Shop at 101 Ludlow Street
Well over a year has elapsed since Crain’s first reported that a new vegan eatery would join the ranks of the Ludlow Residence in its narrow storefront beside Bank of America. For awhile there, absolutely nothing was happening onsite except for muck buildup and outdated leasing signs. But that all changed a couple months ago with the start of the interior build-out.
The initial report filed in the trade publication indicated that Shay Zvibak, the owner behind Cuban-Italian eatery Candela Candela on Second Avenue, was opening Hummus Shop here at 101 Ludlow. Not to be confused with Hummus Place, of course. It would be a cheap-eats destination (most menu options under $10) meant to capitalize on the student population and late-night boozers alike. Target opening date was intended for summer 2011. So much for that.
Brown paper window treatments arrived at the 500 square-foot space not too long ago, signaling the start of interior renovations. A look at the DOB paperwork on file shows that Zvibak is building a mezzanine level “for existing first floor retail space hereby changing the use from retail to eating and drinking establishment, and amending the existing certificate of occupancy.” Upon arrival, it’ll join another likeminded newcomer, the Falafel Shop at 127 Rivington Street.
Friday evening, meanwhile, sign-makers delivered the new awning to 101 Ludlow Street. It was installed, but deposed just as quickly. Something must’ve gone wrong…
It’s also worth noting that the architect in charge is none other than Jung Wor Chin, the dude behind neighborhood blights like 2 Allen Street and Gertel’s-killer 55 Hester.