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EaterWire: Mermaid Inn Oyster Bar, Nathan's Petition

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SOHO— A press release today confirms the earlier report that the shuttered restaurant Smith's is going to reopen as a Mermaid Inn. Per the flacks, Mermaid Oyster Bar will have a menu that "reads like an oyster bar’s greatest hits: extensive raw bar boasting a daily selection of 16 types of oysters, seafood bisques, ceviches and fried clams. The beverage program emphasizes cocktails and beers on tap." [EaterWire]

EAST VILLAGEFiling a piece in the Dept. of We Maybe Cared Four Years Ago, Urban Daddy brings news of a one year-old secret supper club Cardinal Club, where multi-course meals are served under the stars in some aspiring chef's tiny East Village garden: "Please come and enjoy a night at the Club for soothing and surprising flavors, for stillness and celebration...You are welcome to come, enjoy, and let time drift." [UD]

EAST VILLAGE— EV Grieve discovers that the Avenue A location of Aces & Eights now serves food, as originally promised. [EVG]

CONEY ISLAND— A devoted resident is trying to get the original Nathan's Famous building on Coney Island landmark Status. Sign the petition to offer support. [Brownstoner]