Wednesday, January 4, 2017
After 11 years of offering an array of live music from its cramped basement space, Cake Shop — called "Manhattan’s Last Great Rock Club" by Spin — closed after one last show on New Year's Eve.
The two-level cafe/music venue at 152 Ludlow St. between Stanton and Rivington had its share of well-documented financial struggles through the years. In an email to supporters last week, owners Nick and Andy Bodor wrote that "location and sustainability in our current and long running model have been an issue for more than a long time ... we are failing to keep up with the bills, we have been for years."
The current Ludlow Street space has been emptied out as the Bodors plan to open a new venture in the space. Meanwhile, there's hope that the Cake Shop might be resurrected in some form in Brooklyn.
The Cake Shop hosted a string of sold-out farewell shows leading up to New Year's Eve. Brooklyn-based photographer Walter Wlodarczyk shared photos from the penultimate night (Dec. 30)...
[Andy Bodor with Cause Co-Motion!]