One week after being shut down by the NYPD for alleged underage drinking, Max Fish is reopening tonight. After two days of negotiations in civil court, owner Ulli Rimkus and city attorneys reached a settlement.
While the legendary Ludlow Street bar was permitted to resume operations, it must abide by several restrictions. Among them: a requirement to hire licensed security guards and to record the identifications of everyone entering the bar. Rimkus was also required to pay a fine.
This afternoon, the iron gate of 178 Ludlow had been raised and the front door was open. A sign in the window read, “we’re back! Yay! We’ll be opened Friday 5:30 p.m.!”
The Max Fish closure was part of a neighborhood-wide nightlife crackdown.
We have a call into Rimkus; we hope to get her perspective on the ordeal sometime soon.