Paper got in touch with Max Fish owner Ulli Rimkus, who says the legendary Lower East Side bar is, in fact, closing on January 30th. There may, however, be a glimmer of hope. Paper reports:
…fear not, Fish fans, Rimkus plans on reopening in the near future with the same friendly bartenders and friendly prices. “We plan on celebrating the last few weeks as much as we can,” says Rimkus, a neighborhood pioneer who founded the seminal art bar back in the days when the now bustling streets were considered dangerous. This Sunday kicks off the celebration with the annual Max Fish birthday party. Another casualty of the economy and greedy landlords is the Pink Pony next door to the Fish, which Rimkus confirms is also slated to close. At this time, it’s unclear whether the restaurant will reopen.