DOH Shutters Van Leeuwen’s Ludlow Street Ice Cream Shop

Posted on: November 28th, 2018 at 5:02 am by

Van Leeuwen is not thankful for the Department of Health, it seems.

The city agency dropped in on the Ludlow Street ice cream shop the day after Thanksgiving, and wielded its might. As a result, the location, which opened in October 2017, has been closed in the days since.

According to public records, the year-old dessert shop notched 43 violation points largely due to “evidence of live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas,” and for the facility not being “vermin proof.” The dreaded yellow sticker currently greets customers on the front door.

Word on the street, however, is that Van Leeuwen will reopen at 172 Ludlow Street by the end of the week. Possibly Thursday.

Van Leeuwen opened this Lower East Side location in October 2017. It took the space formerly occupied by the second incarnation of Ludlow Guitars, which eventually fled Hell Square in the summer of 2016.

When Ludlow Guitars left, July 2016

Recent Stories

Astor Place Hair Saved by Deep Pocketed Investors, Including its Landlord

Astor Place Hair was all set to close this week, concluding an impressive seven-decade run. The pandemic reduced customers and business plummeted. Thanks to an eleventh-hour cash infusion, though, the barbershop will stay put. Indeed, news broke yesterday that a conglomerate of investors joined forces to raise the necessary capital. The group includes financier Jonathan […]

Eight Years After Extell, Still No Supermarket for Two Bridges

With One Manhattan Square an eyesore of the Lower East Side skyline for so long, it’s almost impossible to remember what came before. Almost. Indeed, it’s been eight years since Pathmark officially closed its doors, leaving the surrounding Two Bridges community bereft of an affordable supermarket. For much of the local population, a walk to […]

Live Music from the ‘Fiore Escape’ on Essex Street

Lower East Side resident, and COVID-19 survivor, Jill Fiore, continued the Fiore Escape concert concept with a second show on her Essex Street fire escape. Fiore spent this past Saturday evening performing from the second-floor fire escape of her walkup (above Delancey Car Service). It was the second such performance – behind the show on […]

Metro Acres Supermarket Finally Makes its Mark on Clinton Street

The transition is complete. More than a year into its tenancy at 175 Clinton Street, Metro Acres is now at home. In other words, store signage is finally in place, with nary a sign of Fine Fare. The changeover had been gradual since Metro took over, to say the least. First with repositioning (and upscaling) […]

Zazzy’s Pizza Soft Launches in the Old Home of Rosario’s

With Rosario’s Pizza now a proverbial footnote, its successor is now in play. Zazzy’s Pizza is now serving on Orchard Street, albeit in soft launch mode for the last couple weeks. For starters, the health-conscious pizzeria (there are plant-based vegan options) is open for dinner service, 5pm-10pm daily. The takeout window at 173 Orchard is […]