Catch What’s Left of Motor City Bar on Ludlow Street Before It’s Replaced

Posted on: April 17th, 2014 at 6:03 am by
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The dearly departed Motor City Bar shuffled off this mortal coil on the final day of June last summer. It was an epic sendoff party that lasted a week, and included plenty of cheap beer and live music. A good portion of the space was stripped immediately after the demise, but silence quickly took hold of 127 Ludlow Street. Gates have been drawn ever since.

Fast forward ten months, and the shutters were again raised to reveal what remains. It’s not a pretty sight, but for Motor City faithful, the view offers one last glimpse before burial. Now on display are the toilets and graffiti stained bathroom brick, as well as the branded chalkboard that still bears the inscription, “New tenant, you have a lot to live up to.”

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This latest movement is not without explanation. DOB permits were filed last week for interior renovations to “install new plumbing fixtures, HVAC, and storefront.” Necessary work ahead of another nightlife establishment that will open here.

So, what’s happening here? Well, the owners of Foundation on Essex Street – Eric Mejia and Joseph Torres – are reportedly taking the reins. Community Board 3 approved their OP liquor application for a “full service Asian fusion restaurant” (seriously) back in November. Some neighbors are worried that the “Foundation effect” of being a problem child will harbor itself at this address, too.

We’ll see what happens.

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