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Is Displaced Drag Club Lucky Cheng's Operating Illegally at The DL?

The DL will face Community Board 3 tonight over a sidewalk cafe.


When the well-loved drag queen cabaret club Lucky Cheng's was kicked out of Times Square last year, LES nightclub The DL offered it refuge on its second floor. Now Bowery Boogie reports that neighbors are unhappy and that the club within a club may be operating illegally. Is Bowery Boogie one of those neighbors? Maybe. But in any case, the DL's liquor license stipulates that the second floor be used for "private events and to accommodate patrons waiting to enter the ground or third floors." Now that the floor is occupied, those hoping to get in wait in line on Delancey Street, to the great displeasure of locals. The club also apparently is violating other stipulations of its liquor license like allowing dancing.

It's unclear what, if anything, could actually happen to Lucky Cheng's and The DL, but the latter is seeking a sidewalk cafe license, so it will be up in front of the community board tonight and might have to defend itself. Still, the reports of complaining neighbors should probably be taken with a grain of salt, given who they're coming from. Bowery Boogie signs off with:

As if this club complex wasn't already a terrible nuisance. The addition of outdoor seating would completely overwhelm the block and have its shitty club music reverberate around the neighborhood. No thanks.

Lucky Cheng's has been trying to find a place of its own ever since getting pushed out of Times Square, so hopefully this doesn't leave it homeless again before then.

The DL

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