Motor City Bar is Stripped and Gutted [PHOTOS]

Posted on: July 2nd, 2013 at 6:00 am by
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The high-pitched drilling sound emanating from 127 Ludlow Street had the familiar potent effect as sitting in the dentist chair. Cringe. Upon passing Motor City Bar yesterday afternoon, a small group of interested parties (including bartenders), morosely stood by while the place was gutted. A lone contractor on a ladder removed some twenty years of memories. The inside was terribly dusty, and much of the character was already stripped from the walls.

Whatever establishment comes next has some mighty big shoes to fill, nightlife or otherwise. There were whispers that Rob Shamlian had, at the very least, put in a bid to take over the Motor City space. However, that talk was vehemently denied by the controversial club owner. We’ll update you as soon as we know more…

Motor City Bar closed for good on Sunday night after nearly two decades on the block. Pour one out.

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