The SLA Suspends Darkroom on Ludlow Street, Imposes $22,500 Fine

Posted on: January 5th, 2015 at 5:20 am by

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The SLA suspends the Darkroom’s liquor license

City and state agencies had it in for Darkroom at 165 Ludlow Street. The sub-level watering hole has been a constant problem child virtually since its inception over a decade ago. This past October, the Department of Health shuttered the establishment for food-related issues, even though nothing of the sort really happens on premise. The pressure was on. Then, a month later, another DOH-mandated closure and the subsequent reopening.

By December, the State Liquor Authority weighed in and suspended Darkroom’s liquor license altogether. It’s apparently closed for the remainder of the week. The “Order of Suspension” was taped to the front door last Wednesday and indicates the mandatory closure period from December 31 to January 10. A stinger levied just in time for the New Year’s Eve shitshow. The SLA also imposed a civil penalty of $22,500 for various violations dating back at least four years. Cited infractions vary from building code issues (i.e. blocked egress) and “cabaret activities” without the proper license, to controlled substance trafficking and serving minors. Heavy shit.

If the issues aren’t addressed and fine not paid, then revocation or cancelation of the liquor license is the next step.

In an apparent effort to deflect the true nature of what’s happening here, ownership opted for a handwritten sign that announces “construction” activities during the state-instituted timeout. The purported remodeling is most likely a farce.

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