SakaMai Japanese Restaurant Angling for 157 Ludlow

Posted on: May 14th, 2012 at 6:09 am by

157 Ludlow Street has had zero luck holding down a commercial tenant ever since Tenement folded back in December 2006. Blue Seats tried to bring a high-end sports bar to the space. Fail. Then the Draft gave it a go, scaling down the concept just a little bit. Fail. That prompted a change in identity to Bar 157. Fail. All within six years. Tonight an upscale Japanese joint will argue its case for liquor privileges at the perennially-hexed address.

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Application materials (47 pages) submitted to Community Board 3 reveal  intentions to open SakaMai at 157 Ludlow Street, a restaurant offering Pacific Rim-style small plates and street food. Principals Tanner Fahl and Natalie Graham are seeking to transfer the full operating license in this resolution area (49 other licenses within 500 feet). We suspect the board may take issue with the 4am closing.

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The co-op board at 157 Ludlow is thrilled, having penned a letter in support of SakaMai, noting the following:

We have noted with appreciation the recent trend in our neighborhood towards sophisticated world class cuisine, lodging and nightlife, with the opening of venues such as ‘inoteca, Stanton Social, the Thompson Hotel, and numerous others. As residents, we strongly support such businesses as an alternative to the proliferation of inexpensive bars and their often inconsiderate clientele who have a tendency to litter, damage property, and disrupt the sleep of the inhabitants of the neighborhood. We are confident that SakaMai will continue the trend away from this dynamic as a respectful neighbor and a refined, aesthetically-pleasing new entrant to the vibrant atmosphere of the Lower East Side.

Pardon the interjection, but upscale establishments such as those listed don’t necessarily equate to civil crowds. We often see these places attracting more “inconsiderate clientele” than so-called “inexpensive” bars. Regardless, here’s the full brochure for the venture.

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