Photos by Stacie Joy/HT Steven!
The Mermaid Inn reopens later today (4:30 p.m.) at 96 Second Ave. (Note: This is the soft opening. The official opening is Sept. 15.)
Mermaid Inn closed here between Fifth Street and Sixth Street during the pandemic. Co-owner Daniel Abrams and partner Cindy Smith decided to shut down the seafood restaurant in the wake of failed attempts to reach a workable rent deal, Eater reported at the time.
There were later issues with a stringent State Liquor Authority that was delaying the reopening.
The Mermaid Inn arrived in the East Village back in 2003. There are also locations in Greenwich Village, Chelsea and the Upper West Side... with Mermaid Mexicana opening in the spring on MacDougal Street.
The EV hours moving forward: Wednesday-Saturday: 4:30-10:30 p.m. ... with a 10 p.m. close on Sundays.