Max Fish Will Leave Ludlow After 21 Years (and the Pink Pony, Too?)

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Photo: Lauren Klain Carton

Its ironic, since we just cited Max Fish, the Elaines of the Lower East Side skater-artist-scenester set, as an example of a bar that has kept it going while others drop off (its celebrating its 21st anniversary), but owner Ulli Rimkus confirms earlier rumors that the Fish isnt long for this world in fact, its closing on January 30. Actually, we shouldve seen it coming, since back in July, Rimkus went before the Community Board in an attempt to move to 195 Chrystie Street. Now she tells Paper that he wasnt able to come to an agreement with his landlord and plans on reopening in the near future with the same friendly bartenders and friendly prices. Meanwhile, another Ludlow Street institution, the Pink Pony, is also said to be closing, and its uncertain whether itll reopen.

Gabriella Gershenson described the caf, in its nymag.com listing, as perhaps one of the best places for an uptowner or out-of-towner to observe the hipster in his natural habitat. Not anymore. Well, theres still El Sombrero, though you wont really find Ludlow Streets old guard there. Expect the memories of Max Fish to come pouring in, mostly from the same folks who are still in shock over the possible shuttering of Mars Bar.

Update: Lucien Bahaj Confirms Closing of Pink Pony: We Can Move It Somewhere Else