Local 138

Local 138 Reopens on Friday with New Orchard Street Bar

Posted July 22, 2019 at 5:02 am

It took four months, but the reboot of Local 138 is days from opening at its new Orchard Street home. Local 138, which had occupied its namesake Ludlow address since 1996, announced the closure and move and impending move to 181 Orchard back in January. Work has been underway since. A downsizing not entirely its […]

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Local 138 Closes, Begins Renovating New Orchard Street Bar

Posted May 1, 2019 at 5:04 am

Hell Square dive bar, Local 138, closed down its longtime home on Ludlow Street this past Saturday night. It had been located at the namesake Ludlow Street address since opening in 1996. Since the announcement of the closure and impending move in January, work has been underway on the second coming. The new Local 138 […]

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‘Local 138’ Sets Closing Day Ahead of Move to Orchard Street

Posted March 29, 2019 at 5:00 am

As a bar, if you can’t make it on Ludlow Street, move to Orchard Street. It seemed to work for Max Fish almost five years ago. And now Local 138 is doing the same. The dive bar is slated to close its twenty-three-year-old space at 138 Ludlow Street next month ahead of its relocation. Last day is […]

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‘Local 138’ Now Eyeing Orchard Street Move

Posted January 3, 2019 at 5:07 am

Local 138 has been at its namesake address for two decades, and is beloved by many as one of the last genuine Lower East Side pubs. However, a complicated relocation of the Hell Square watering hole remains ongoing. Several months after controversial landlord Michael Shah purchased 138 Ludlow Street for $19 million, the bar was […]

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CB3 Acrimoniously Approves ‘Local 138’ Move; Ludlow House Gets Go-Ahead for Libation-Killer

Posted June 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

The room was packed and distaste for both landlord Michael Shah and Libation ran high. For the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3, the decision-making became quite nuanced. Local 138, 138 Ludlow Street Local 138 has been at its namesake address for nearly two decades, and is beloved by many in the neighborhood. Its current […]

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

Posted June 18, 2018 at 5:03 am

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 […]

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Michael Shah Scoops up 138 Ludlow Street in Hell Square

Posted January 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

Fresh off the failed bid to score a liquor license for Dos Cientos, news comes down the pike today about landlord Michael Shah acquiring a Hell Square walk-up building. His DelShah Capital firm reportedly purchased 138-140 Ludlow Street under the shell company “DS 138 Ludlow LLC.” The sale just closed, so final price has yet […]

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