‘SET’ Launches in Former Motor City Bar Space on Ludlow Street
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SET L.E.S. officially opens tonight on Ludlow Street removing nearly all traces of the Motor City Bar. It had been in soft-launch for the last week. That wooden door with its lug-wrench handle is the only remnant of the beloved rock bar, now two years in the grave.
The Hell Square newcomer, which bears an uncanny resemblence to the El Sombrero reboot, is helmed by Michael Tang. He also owns the popular Breakroom burger spot at 83 Baxter Street.
For now, SET is billed as a “BBQ bistro” joint that specializes in BBQ skewers. Yet, looking inside the establishment, it has club written all over it. Which would make sense. Tang is one of three principals, and simply the face of the business. His partner is Joseph Torres, whose track record in the neighborhood isn’t quite stellar.
Just look at former nightclub Foundation, and its replacement hookah bar venture, Mazaar. License approvals come easy to these folks. Not to mention the various allegations that CB3 maintains a preferential relationship with these operators.