DOH Shutters the Darkroom on Ludlow Street for 2nd Time in a Month
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It’s lights out for the Darkroom … yet again.
For the second time in the last month, the Department of Health paid an untimely visit to 165 Ludlow Street on Friday evening and ultimately put the kibosh on the decade-old nightclub. This time around, the shutter is blamed on a violation tally of 39 points for issues like “evidence of live mice and rats” on premises, unwashed food surfaces, and the lack of vermin-proof measures for the facility.
Darkroom was sidelined in mid-October after an inspection turned up 45 violation points for similar infractions. The bar reopened just a few days later; the same will probably happen here, too. Seems like those from up on high want this place gone from the block.
Rumors of a Darkroom demise at 165 Ludlow tend to bubble up every year or so, but usually don’t pan out. People have been predicting its death for almost its entire lifespan. The closest it came was when Michael Auerbach and James wanted to bring the Bodega concept here in 2012.