Max Fish Makes a Triumphant Return to the Lower East Side This Weekend

The Fish is back. Photo: Max Fish/Facebook

One year ago, pretty much to the day, fabled Ludlow Street bar Max Fish closed its Parliament Lights-smoke-aged doors for good, a victim of ever-escalating rents. Owner Ulli Rimkus pledged to reopen in Williamsburg, but the bar's longtime proprietor seized an opportunity to rebuild the Fish on Orchard Street. Max Fish 2.0 opens Saturday, August 2, and will keep hours of 4 p.m. to 4 a.m., seven days a week. The cigarette-shaped light fixture that once hung outside near the awning is now enshrined safely inside, and Rimkus says the old, beat-up pool table will be back soon, along with a rotation of new artwork by locals. "I don’t want it to be a Max Fish museum," she says. [DNAinfo, Related]