Ludlow House Begins Demolition of Libation for its New ‘Garden’
For the first time in nearly two decades, there is no longer any evidence of Libation on Ludlow Street. The club closed last May and its identity is erased.
Indeed, branded sign casing was trashed in a dumpster yesterday as demolition commences at 137 Ludlow. It is here that the Ludlow House breaks ground on a two-story venue housing the so-called Ludlow Garden. (They are leasing the property.)
Co-owners Daniel and Terence Tubridy opened Libation in 2004, directly contributing to the lawless, anything-goes mentality of Hell Square.
The Ludlow Garden annex – nearly two years on the drawing board – is to occupy the ground floor and cellar. The main level is for a 41-table restaurant called Lou’s that extends into the rear garden, and is shielded by a retractable roof; the basement will boast a soundproofed recording studio and extra bathrooms for Ludlow House.
As previously reported, Soho House signed a 22-year lease on 137 Ludlow, which, according to public records, commenced May 3 and expires in 2041. As part of the deal, the social club is footing the $150,000 demolition bill and costs of redevelopment.