The Draft (aka Bar 157) on Ludlow Closes
Judging by the relatively high turnover rate in recent times, 157 Ludlow Street is a hexed property through and through. More than six years of neighborhood change have delivered three different nightlife establishments.
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Tenement came and went, closing in December 2006. The extremely over-hyped Blue Seats sports bar was heir to the curse, and arrived eight months later. Their elitist business model proved fatal and the club came undone after a rocky two years on the strip.
And it appears the third time was not the charm here. The Draft became the like-minded successor at 157 Ludlow in September 2010 and proceeded to redefine the location, new exterior paint job and all. But cracks began to appear when we noticed an identity change a couple months ago to Bar 157. Now it’s gone dark indefinitely.
Bar 157 has been closed during the peak drinking hours, including, more recently, the New Year’s Eve cash magnet. Numerous calls go unanswered, with the voice mailbox completely maxed out.
Who dares to be the next bar to open here…? Or shall we just settle on a physical challenge?