‘Schaller & Weber’ Hopes to Park Food Trucks in Vacant Ludlow Street Lot
The dormant Ludlow Street lot popularized by Banksy five years ago, which continues to showcase unique murals, might soon attract the foodie crowd.
Schaller & Weber, the butcher founded on the Upper East Side in 1937 by namesakes Ferdinand Schaller and Tony Weber, hopes to park a Schaller Stube food truck in the empty lot. And perhaps additional food truck vendors to start a “seasonal outdoor food market that is safe, clean and family-friendly.”
That includes a forthcoming application for beer-wine license (limited hours), “cleaning up the rat-infested lot,” and filling in with concrete.
If plans move forward, this would be the second Lower East Side footprint for Schaller & Weber, having already signed on to the food hall at the new Essex Street Market.
In hindsight, the food truck proposition is a stark 180 for this mid-block parcel. You’ll recall that property owner 159 Ludlow LLC (aka Hesky Haim/Continental Worsteds) filed plans three years ago to redevelop the 1,063 square-foot Hell Square plot into a two-story glass building. The plans called for 2,126 square-feet of commercial area as a retail/event space, yet remain labeled as “disapproved” by the Department of Buildings.