Acme, Indochine Vets Bringing ‘South Central’ to Former Laugh Lounge on Essex

Posted on: May 3rd, 2013 at 6:13 am by
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The Post-It note that’s been stuck to the door of the former Laugh Lounge was totally misleading.  Neighbors around here knew that the establishment wouldn’t reopen as a comedy club. Now, eight months after the eight-year-old business shuttered, the nightlife heavy-hitters are stepping to the plate.

Perusing the CB3 deliverables ahead of this month’s SLA subcommittee meeting, we note that Acme/Indochine vets Jean-Marc Houmard, Jon Neidich, and Huy Chi Le are hoping to open a duplex hangout at 151 Essex Street. The current trade name for the spot is South Central, and principals are banking on a 4am on-premise license. There will be both ground level and basement bars, enough to accommodate over four hundred thirsty patrons (and irk the locals).

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A “reputable chef” will cook up a small-plates menu, to be accompanied by tequila and mezcal based cocktails. Below is a sample of the offerings. Kitchen is proposed to remain open until 2am.

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How do you feel about South Central moving in … and about the name choice itself?

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