Black Tap LES Opens Today, Further Crowding Congested Ludlow Street
Get ready, Hell Square denizens. Life on Ludlow Street might feel a bit more congested starting in a few hours.
Black Tap LES is slated to debut at 177 Ludlow Street later this morning (one day earlier than expected). Last Thursday night was the obligatory “friends and family” launch, and the weekend was reportedly spent training the new recurits.
Expect all the bells and whistles from the other Black Tap locations – “craft burgers and beer,” plus their popular milkshake menu. Wall art is courtesy of street artist Fumero.
In the meantime, neighbors on the block should brace for imminent overcrowding. The truth is, embattled upper Ludlow Street simply can’t handle much more in the way of congestion. Especially not on the scale of Black Tap and their rabid customer base. It’s over-developed, over-populated, and over-saturated; a narrow street plagued by large-scale hotels, bars, restaurants, and the deliveries accommodating each. Their popularity and penchant for long queues will no doubt aggravate the situation.
The State Liquor Authority handily approved Black Tap’s beer and wine application this past February. The team scored not only approval, but a loosening of restrictive stipulations – they can now reportedly stay open until 2:00am all days (contrary to CB3’s earlier stipulation of 12:30am).
177 Ludlow Street is owned by controversial landlord Samy Mahfar, purchased the property in September 2012. Prior applicants for 177 Ludlow (e.g. Quality Eats) weren’t considered largely due to this fact.