Black Tap will Probably Open its Ludlow Location on June 20
The paint job is essentially complete, both within and without. And with it, 177 Ludlow Street is almost ready to welcome the mass of humanity to the newest location of Black Tap.
On the outside, the official branding is stamped across the storefront marquee, while above, the tenement now boasts alternate black-and-white striping.
On the inside, the walls are plastered with the artwork of street artist Fumero, as previously noted.
The initial estimate was an “early June opening.” However, we’re now told that it’s been pushed back several weeks to June 20.
In the meantime, neighbors on the block are in for a sweet treat of overcrowding (and CB3 agrees). The truth is, Ludlow Street simply can’t handle much more in the way of congestion. Especially not on the scale of Black Tap. 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 in 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 stipulation of 12:30am). The argument for later closing times swayed the Chairman based on ownership’s purported track record, and also counsel’s claims that the “previous licensee was operating here for years with no issue” on a 2:00am license. Not entirely true, as 100 Montaditos closed after 3 months, and was preceded by the beloved (and dry) EarthMatters.
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.