‘Local 138’ Dive Bar Plans Move Next Door on Ludlow Street

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 at 5:03 am by

The proprietors of two local Ludlow Street dives are reshuffling the deck, so to speak.

John Cutillo, the man behind twelve-year-old Iggy’s and seven-year-old Local 138, is planning to move the latter watering hole directly next door to 140 Ludlow (same building). The space that was previously the short-lived Dana Foley boutique. As part of the move, controversial area landlord Michael Shah, who purchased 138-140 Ludlow Street earlier this year for $19 million, will reportedly keep the 138 Ludlow liquor license in safe-keeping.

Blueprints submitted with the liquor license application materials to Community Board 3 show a room with two large tables and twelve seats. Plus, a stand-up bar with stools.

CB3 will hear the applicant’s case for 140 Ludlow tonight. It could be an uphill battle, though, as the space is unlicensed and situated on the worst block in Hell Square (dozens of bars within reach).

The concern among some neighbors is the potential outcome of a license in safe-keeping with Shah, whose notorious establishments include Sons of Essex and Rochelle’s.

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