Is the Mermaid Inn About to Expand in the East Village? [Updated]

One more level?
One more level? Photo: Hannah Whittaker / New York Magazine

East Village Grieve floats the rumor that the Mermaid Inn on Second Avenue is likely annexing the restaurant space next door, most recently home to the five-year-old Cuban and Italian restaurant Candela Candela, which now appears to be permanently closed. The restaurant isn’t confirming or denying just yet, but it did close its doors last week for a brief and mysterious-sounding, construction-related “mermaid makeover,” which is totally not fishy at all. Update: A rep from the restaurant tells Grub Street that its big news isn’t that it’s expanding its dining room footprint, but rather the duration of its happy hour, to two full hours of $1 oysters and drinks specials, every day. The promotion begins next Monday. [EV Grieve]