Schaller & Weber’s Proposed ‘Stube Ludlow’ Sausage Truck Causing Hell Square Heartburn
If the stars align, there might soon be a food truck scene parked in the vacant lot at 159 Ludlow Street. The prospect of this outcome, however, is causing Hell Square heartburn for a majority of neighbors in the immediate vicinity.
As first reported here last month, Schaller & Weber, the butcher founded on the Upper East Side in 1937 by namesakes Ferdinand Schaller and Tony Weber, hopes to add a “Schaller Stube” food truck onsite. Dubbed Stube Ludlow, the stated mission is to “clean up the rat-infested lot” and create a “seasonal outdoor food market that is safe, clean and family-friendly.” Other truck vendors might also join up at some point, and it’s described as “New York’s hippest outdoor food market…where street artist Banksy once held an installation.” (We hear that Kind Regards across the street reportedly expressed interest.)
What’s more, team Schaller & Weber is angling for a beer-wine license on the spot, albeit with limited hours.
Tenants living around the Ludlow lot are fighting back, though. They’re not happy. Especially those dwelling in the adjacent walk-up at 101 Stanton. Concern abounds about cooking fumes, smells, and overall noise wafting upward and into nearby apartments unchecked (some of which are mere feet from the proposed food truck).
Residents there organized and have already sent letters of opposition to both Schaller & Weber and elected officials. There is also a strongly worded petition making the rounds on the block that so far collected over one hundred signatures.
Folks from Schaller did meet with those affected, yet many saw right through the presentation.
“We have no illusions about the kind of clientele such a truck would attract: hordes of drunks doing what drunks do, only this time right beneath our bedrooms,” one tenant at 101 Stanton told us in an email.
“All they spoke about at the meeting was the wonder of their sausage and how a sausage truck in our backyard would somehow be [a benefit] to our community. Lots of nonsense about families and picnic tables and the like. In fact, they presented it as almost an act of benevolence.”
Below is the marketing deck from Schaller & Weber.