Vacant Ludlow Lot Paved, but ‘Schaller & Weber’ Won’t Follow
The overgrown Ludlow Street lot made famous by Banksy almost six years ago is now tamed.
Wednesday morning, the uneven ground at 159 Ludlow was resurfaced. Now at grade, the long-dormant parcel is ready for its next chapter. But it’ll be without the Schaller & Weber food truck.
The market and butcher business, founded on the Upper East Side in 1937 by namesakes Ferdinand Schaller and Tony Weber, had aimed to install a dedicated food truck here called Stube Ludlow. The proposal outlined a sample menu of bites and beer. There were also reportedly plans to involve other trucks in the endeavor.
But it came to a screeching halt at the end of last year. Jeremy Schaller, also a Lower East Side resident, backed down in the face of community opposition in Hell Square, which feared further deterioration of quality-of-life.
Word on the street now is that the owner is instead curating a two-month art installation that begins later today and runs through April.
And Schaller & Weber is opening inside the new Essex Street Market.
Still not holding our breath for that three-story commercial development we revealed four years ago.