Why the Pink Pony Space on Ludlow Street Will Have Trouble Attracting Another Restaurant

Posted on: February 11th, 2015 at 10:00 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

If you can believe it, we’re already two years removed from Pink Pony’s unfortunate demise. The beloved restaurant on upper Ludlow Street shuttered in February 2013 when landlord Arwen Properties issued a $6,000 rent hike to an ubearable $20,000 sum. It’s still a vacancy.

Since then, 176 Ludlow has been peddled on the rental market without much success. Gates are oftentimes open dayside to boast an empty premises and colorful leasing banners. The most recent suitor for Pink Pony’s pickins was Taqueria on Orchard Street. The soon-to-be refugee is currently being forced from its two-year home thanks to Ben Shaoul’s ten-story development planned for the corner of East Houston. But the Mexican eatery ultimately decided against this relocation thanks to some community advisement, and will instead leapfrog to St. Mark’s Place.

Taqueria’s refusal perfectly illustrates why no restaurant in their right mind would sign a lease here. Both 176-178 Ludlow are wrought with building code issues; a legal quagmire that has the potential of sinking those who proceed.

You see, Max Fish and Pink Pony basically share the same Certificate of Occupancy at 176-178 Ludlow, which allows for a total of 120 patrons. In simpler terms, the two addresses are considered one commercial unit in the eyes of the city. What’s more, neither storefront possesses a legit Public Assembly permit. Simple math therefore dictates the combined occupancy of both restaurants cannot exceed 74 (above that number requires said permit).

This image has been archived or removed.

The only real way to mitigate the situation is obtaining a public assembly permit, but that probably won’t happen due to egress and other building permit issues. Plus, Sweet Chick would need to share their occupancy with any potential newcomer.

So yes, any future restaurant at 176 Ludlow would be a gamble.

Recent Stories

Cajun Quietly Comes to Hell Square with ‘Parish NYC’

Out of nowhere, this new Cajun spot for Hell Square. Parish debuted last month at 146 Orchard Street. The arrival of Parish (the word for “county” in Louisiana) comes on the heels of Butcher Bar, the Astoria-based barbecue bar that shuttered back in September after little more than a year. According to its mission statement […]

NYC Half Marathon Foists Thousands of Runners onto the Lower East Side Next Month

On your mark, get set … for thousands of marathoners on the proverbial doorstep. The New York City Half Marathon is less than a month out, and for the second year running, the Lower East Side is in the crosshairs. The race route shifted last year to include spanning the Manhattan Bridge, Canal Street, and […]

Bowery Demolition Site Hits Market for $26M

One year ago, side-by-side three-story tenements comprising 139-141 Bowery were quickly demolished. The narrative at the time was that of a mixed-use replacement tower to rise in its place. Instead, it’s been crickets for much of the interim. Now, the double-wide property – measuring 50-by-100 feet – is on the chopping block for a hefty […]

Did You Spend $22 at Tower Records on Valentine’s Day 1985?

Here’s a fun find. Local music ephemera from 1985. Bowery Boogie contributor Robert Carmona discovered this pristine receipt from Tower Records while working a residential construction job on East 3rd Street. Date of the archaic transaction is Valentine’s Day 1985, most likely at the store nearby on East 4th Street (RIP 2006). One item was […]

Lesbian Shopkeepers on Orchard Street Win Empire State Building’s Valentine’s Day Wedding Contest

Love is in the air! One Lower East Side couple will have their heads in the clouds this Valentine’s Day. Literally. Co-owners of home design store, Coming Soon on Orchard Street, Fabiana Faria and Helena Barquet were one of two couples to win the Empire State Building’s 25th annual “Valentine’s Day Wedding Contest.” Their 15-minute […]