‘Amuse’ Wine Bar Angling for Tromba Space on Ludlow
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It entered life in a calamitous situation – right around Hurricane Sandy – and now may fade into obscurity. Seven months after its opening, Tromba at 121 Ludlow Street seems to be on the ropes. That much is clear by scoping the agenda for this month’s SLA subcommittee meeting of Community Board 3.
Application documents reveal that a new wine bar called Amuse is angling for the embattled storefront. If successful in snatching a wine and beer license, the spot will sport twenty-one tables and a “DJ grade sound system.” Hours of operation are to mirror what Tromba has – Sunday through Thursday, 12pm – 12am, and until 4am on the weekend. Remember that 121 Ludlow is in a resolution area.
Tromba tried its best to overcome the curse of 121 Ludlow, an address that’s hosted four restaurant concepts in five years. The strategy was that of karma and respect – not serving pork products in an establishment that once housed a synagogue. The owner even suggested to a Boogie reader that serving swine (“flagrantly un-kosher”) was likely the downfall of its predecessors.