By Patrick Hedlund
DNAinfo News Editor
LOWER EAST SIDE — Legendary Ludlow Street bar Max Fish reportedly got a yearlong pardon from closing after announcing last month the beloved pub would shutter at the end of January.
The 21-year-old tavern was set to close in mere weeks after owner Ulli Rimkus said her landlord increased the rent, but Paper Magazine reported Tuesday that the space will remain open an additional year before having to find a new location.
An employee at Max Fish confirmed to DNAinfo the bar received a yearlong lease extension, but could not say how the reprieve came about.
Rimkus previously told DNAinfo that she would be scouting for a new location open Max Fish in the future.
"We're all really upset but kind of excited that we can move on," she said last month. "We're just going open Max Fish elsewhere. We'd like to stay in the area."
The longtime bar owner appeared before Community Board 3 last May to pitch her plan to move to a space on Chrystie Street, but the board's liquor license committee denied the request due to an abundance of existing nightlife operations located on the same block.