Neighbors Contend The DL Operates Illegally by Hosting Lucky Cheng’s; Backlash Against Proposed Sidewalk Cafe

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 at 5:14 am by
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Lucky Cheng’s became a refugee after its brief Times Square stint fizzled. The DL came to the rescue last year and installed the cabaret – most popular for bachelorette parties – on the second floor of the club complex. It even commands its own entrance around the corner at 93 Ludlow, and will likely remain here until a better location is discovered (its bid for 154 Ludlow fell through). However, is this downsized location even legal?

Probably not. Neighbors contend the drag bar is not permitted based on the current method of operation at The DL, which itself has a checkered history in the neighborhood. (Remember when the SLA revoked its license?) Allegations continue this week, pointing out that it’s running contrary to binding stipulations made part of their liquor license.

Since the arrival of Lucky Cheng’s last August, events and parties (with cover charge) are allegedly held on at least two of the three floors. This entails “Wild bachelorette parties with amazing drag queens, male strippers, and tasty Pan Asian cuisine.”

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Long lines outside that eyesore called The DL on Delancey

When the DL was initially conceived (i.e. Ludlow Manor), the second floor was earmarked specifically for “private events and to accommodate patrons waiting to enter the ground or third floors.” Right. Instead, lines queue westward down Delancey.

Also, cover charges, admittance to guests under 21, and dancing run against the stipulations. Not to mention drag queen lap dances, which could be subject to lewdness laws by the State Liquor Authority.

For the record, listed below are the stipulations attached to the DL’s liquor license on file with the SLA. (Still rather strange, though, that this isn’t listed in the Community Board 3 minutes for May 2012)

  • Operate a full‐service restaurant on the ground floor.
  • Event and support space on the second floor which will be for private events and to accommodate patrons waiting to enter the ground or third floors.
  • Third floor lounge.
  • All of the floors will have food service to within one (1) hour of closing every night.
  • Ground Floor will be recorded background music, consisting of an iPod and no live music or DJs.
  • Second and third floor will be recorded background music, consisting of an iPod and no live music or DJs and there may be occasional live music as part of private events only and not part of daily operations.
  • There will be no outside promoters used, scheduled performances may only occur as part of a private party and not regular daily operations and cover fees will only be permitted for private events which are charitable or political in nature.
  • It will not apply for a cabaret license.

In related news, The DL currently seeks support for a sidewalk cafe, and will apear before CB3 tonight. As if this club complex wasn’t already a terrible nuisance. The addition of outdoor seating would completely overwhelm the block and have its shitty club music reverberate around the neighborhood. No thanks.

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