‘Ludlow Studios’ Pairs Photo Studio with Cafe at 40 Ludlow Street

Posted on: April 23rd, 2013 at 6:10 am by

40-ludlow-coffee-1

The old glass supplier at 40 Ludlow Street (Architectural Metals & Glass) is transitioning to something befitting the new demographic of the Lower East Side. As we speak, an artsy, multi-purpose cafe is currently underway. One that will likely appeal to the creative set. The expansive store has already undergone a facade swap while final remodeling activities continue inside.

This is to be the new home of Ludlow Studios, a boutique endeavor that will house a photo/video studio in the back for production work, and offer front-of-house coffee and fresh pressed juices. We spoke with owner Bjorn Brandt, who informs us that the concept is similar to Milk Studios on the west side, only smaller and more intimate. All furnishings were custom-built.

The studio itself is available for daily, weekly, and monthly rentals. And while predominantly marketed as a production space, it’ll play double duty for events and gallery openings. Bjorn further explains the venture in an email:

The first part of the space will be the Café at Ludlow Studios.  It will serve as a coffee shop for the public, and also for cast and crew for the space.  I already have a verbal agreement with Intelligentsia Coffee to carry their product in the café at Ludlow Studios.  It will be equipped with a Norwalk cold-press juicer, and a La Marzocco fully-automatic espresso maker. I am also going to make the entire space rentable, i.e. if a photographer wants to rent the space for a day, he or she can effectively rent the ‘Café’ as well. The primary space, or the majority of the square footage, will serve as a multi-use.  It will primarily be marketed as a Photo / Video studio, but will also serve as an event space, and also as a gallery.

The cyclorama I designed and built (seamless background the photo and video industry uses for shooting on), is a 90˚ full-cove seamless.  I have also brought 400-amp 3-phase power into the space.  Also, all of the walls are plywood-backed, to provide for hanging heavy artwork.  Finally, the basement will be built out similar to a speakeasy from the 1920’s / Prohibition era – New York style. That space will also be rentable by the evening.  I am planning on having a Steinway baby grand piano and double bass down there, and have musicians (myself included) available to play for events.  I have many excellent restaurants that are very excited to cater food for all of Ludlow Studios clients.  Lovely Day, Brown, Dudley’s, Barrio Chino, Fat Radish, and Poppy’s Catering are just a few that have already committed to working with us.

We are told that the cafe is opening in two weeks.

40-ludlow-coffee-2

Recent Stories

300lafayette-1
300 Lafayette Bills itself as ‘Cutting Edge’ with New Ad Banners

Alive for many months, the project site at 300 Lafayette Street is finally ready to go big on the hype. Banners pimping the new seven-story commercial building were affixed to the sidewalk bridge earlier this month, promising “cutting edge.” Hard to believe it’s already been a year since the BP gas station at the corner of […]

da-falafel-guys-rivington
‘Da Falafel Guys’ Coming to Rivington Street, Forged from the Remains of the Falafel Shop

The retail reanimation of 127 Rivington Street includes a bizarro version of its former self. Seven months later, no longer known as the Falafel Shop, the tiny store is now home to something called Da Falafel Guys. The signage and offering are nearly identical to the predecessor, but it’s under different ownership. Da Falafel Guys […]

trump-dick-face-orchard_wm
Dick-Faced Trump Paster Appears at Hanksy’s ‘Dump Trump’ Wall on Orchard Street

It was a beacon of anti-Trumpism for more than a year. Until this past January when Hanksy’s Dump Trump Mural was whitewashed. The narrative at the time suggested that the building owners received a letter from the city last summer to clean up this shit or face fines. But the real reason was that they […]

thelma-clinton-gate
Thelma on Clinton is reborn as ‘Lil Gem’ Lebanese Restaurant

Chef-restaurateur Melissa O’Donnell delivered on her promise to return to the Lower East Side with a new concept. Indeed, more than a month after shuttering the three-year-old Thelma on Clinton, the space at 29 Clinton Street has been transformed into a Lebanese restaurant called Lil’ Gem. Evoking her Lebanese heritage again – Thelma was named […]

138bowery-update-1_wm
New Condo-Hotel on the Bowery Ascends Halfway to 8 Stories

Now that the centuries-old Federal-style houses are a footnote in the pages of local history, the next chapter is foisted upon us. It’s been a few months since our last progress report on the status of the historically significant 138-142 Bowery development site. In that time, activity has been swift. The forthcoming condo-hotel has already […]