The end for Max Fish finally came last night, and unsurprisingly, the place went out with a bang. The legendary Lower East Side bar and art space had been a neighborhood staple since 1989, when Ulli Rimkus opened the place in between a paper supply company and a pillow store in a part of New York that many considered to be unsafe. Legions of famous and not so famous patrons and artists spent a lot of time building a real community out of the bar. Fast forward to today, and the neighborhood has become a hyper-developed play area of the young and fanciful, and when the landlord offered to renew the bar's lease for $20,000 a month, Rimkus decided to call it a day and head to Williamsburg to open Max Fish 2.0.
New and old patrons alike turned out last night for one final evening of drinking and revelry. Rimkus will now go to work getting the new Brooklyn space open for business, which is expected to open this fall. As for what will come next for the Ludlow storefront, only the landlord knows. Someone who will sell beers for more than Max Fish is a certainty. Pictures of the final party can be found here and here, and a great look back at the history of Max Fish and the Ludlow core can be found here.
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