Owners of ‘Foundation’ Still Vying to Take Over Motor City Bar Space on Ludlow Street

Posted on: November 19th, 2013 at 6:06 am by

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Motor City closing party, June 2013

The Motor City Bar has been dead five months, thanks to the landlord refusing a lease renewal. It’s now rolling over in its grave…

Principals of the three-year-old Foundation around the corner on Essex Street are the hopefuls behind the Motor City Bar replacement. Community Board 3 first heard the case for 127 Ludlow Street (“JMDR”) last month but ultimately forced the applicants – Eric Mejia and Joseph Torres – to withdraw and return this month. At issue was an extremely vague application in which neither Foundation owner was listed in the paperwork, and a lack of community outreach. (Torres’ name was penciled in for the November submission) It’s also worth noting that the printouts taped to the shuttered security gates provide incorrect email contact information (we received numerous bouncebacks).

Meija and Torres will again appear before the SLA subcommittee this evening to fight for OP rights. Their nightclub (and let’s be honest, it’s a nightclub) would boast 7 tables (30 seats), 1 stand-up bar (10 stools), and a kitchen with raw bar. 4am daily closing times are also sought.

For the record, Foundation has a fairly shoddy history here on the Lower East Side. It was most recently shuttered by the Department of Health four months ago, and also fell victim to the 2011 neighborhood-wide 7th Precinct crackdown on nightlife.

The Foundation folks are set to return tomorrow evening to again argue for full liquor.

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