Looks Like ‘Black Tap’ and its Milkshakes will Try Where Quality Eats Failed on Ludlow Street

Posted on: July 27th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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One year into its reign, SoHo-based burger joint, Black Tap, is angling to open a new location on the Lower East Side. Its address of choice for the third outpost has been hotly contested lately – 177 Ludlow Street. Yep, owner Samy Mahfar is again reaching for the realm of foodie chains for his Hell Square property.

The liquor license notices are currently pasted to the facade, alerting neighbors that Black Tap is on next month’s Community Board 3 docket. They’ll be seeking a beer-wine license for the venture. And barring any major catastrophes, it’ll probably happen. Which means long lines for their popular “garnished milkshakes” priced at $7 and $15.

You’ll recall, however, that 177 Ludlow Street was last on the radar of Stillmans’ Quality Eats, whose bid for the space was torpedoed three months ago by CB3. It was a unique twist in which the LES Dwellers Block Association backed the application – based on the track record of operational experience – despite its location within Hell Square; and given the fact that the landlord is one often considered one of the worst on the Lower East Side. The board failed to see a “public benefit” for an OP license here, and didn’t see fit to reward the “bad actor” in Samy Mahfar. Especially since it’s a new license in a saturated area.

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(Enrique Cruz noted that “Samy Mahfar shouldn’t be rewarded yet again” for causing the jettison of EarthMatters and setting up the space for nightlife.)

However, since full liquor is not sought, Black Tap will not need to prove “public benefit” to open here.

Joe Isidori co-founded Black Tap at Broome Street in SoHo last March. It’s named after the fact that most beer taps have a little black handle, and, according to Biz Journals, he wanted to open “a burger and beer joint, and that name suggested a well-crafted beer.” A flood of humanity followed thanks to the success of its milkshakes. So, yeah, more congestion for Hell Square…

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