Cake Shop is Officially Erased from Ludlow Street After 11 Years

Posted on: January 3rd, 2017 at 5:00 am by

cake-shop-erased-1

Cake Shop has gone dark. Lights out. Any evidence of its presence is now blocked by butcher paper in the windows.

When the Living Room relocated to the pastures of Brooklyn three years ago (where it later died), we felt that at least Cake Shop still held the mantle of indie live music on Ludlow Street. Especially since its neighbor, Pianos, hasn’t been relevant in years (it’s now an annoying college frat house).

Not anymore. The Cake Shop that survived through through a decade of peaks and troughs officially ceased operations after a final New Year’s Eve show.

Owners Nick and Andy Bodor decided to end the dream. For real this time. Business on Ludlow Street was struggling, that was no secret. “Location and sustainability in our current and long running model have been an issue for more than a long time, as I’m sure you’ve heard me whine about for years,” ownership noted in a communique last week to supporters. “As beloved to you and me as it is, we are failing to keep up with the bills, we have been for years.”

cake-shop-erased-2

In its place, they’ll reportedly install another bar without any connection to the predecessor.

There is also talk, meanwhile, that a new location could potentially open in Brooklyn. Lower East Side music scene is pretty much dead, save for Bowery Presents venues.

One of Cake Shop’s many parting shots was this image of the bathroom upon opening in 2005. Looking quite clean.

Recent Stories

Shepard Fairey’s Blondie on the Bowery is Defaced

Debbie has been defaced. The large-scale mural of Debbie Harry – painted by Shepard Fairey in August 2017 – is now compromised. Taggers recently targeted the image of the Blondie front woman, which sits across the Bowery from the former home of CBGB. The Little Italy Street Art Project commissioned Shepard Fairey for the job […]

Coronavirus Fells Fat Radish on Orchard Street

The Fat Radish is done for. Another victim of the pandemic. Eater broke the news Friday evening, reporting that the decision from ownership came as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown. The trio of owners – Phil Winser, Ben Towill, and Natalie Freihon – confirmed that the Orchard Street restaurant doesn’t have enough space to […]

Bluestockings Bookstore Announces New Suffolk Street Location

That was quick. Forced from its longtime Allen Street shop – due to coronavirus troubles and purported rent hikes – Bluestockings is ready for the next chapter. And it remains on the Lower East Side. The so-called feminist bookstore found a larger space on Suffolk Street just a few blocks southeast. It’ll take the store previously occupied […]

Catholic Charities Hosting Pop-up Pantry in Alphabet City Today

This morning, Catholic Charities of New York, along with Tuscan Farms, is hosting another pop up food pantry – this time in Alphabet City. They plan on distributing 500 bags of food and 500 gallons of whole milk to support those struggling in the neighborhood. This is a part of their larger mission to assist […]

Fridays Under $40: Three Meals in Chinatown

On Monday, when The New York Times reported on Chinatown’s outdoor dining scene, it was the first time I was happy to be scooped. The more we talk about Chinatown, the better. I live on Mulberry, just north of Canal and I’ve noticed it’s been slow to reopen compared to neighboring Little Italy and Noho […]