EAST VILLAGE — The owner of the recently shuttered Mars Bar may open a new watering hole somewhere near his famously gritty Second Avenue saloon, according to reports.
Longtime Mars proprietor Hank Penza is considering reopening a version of his decades-old dive, he told the New York Post. EV Grieve reported on Monday that Penza was looking for a space within five blocks of the former pub.
"I do plan to reopen," Penza told the Post. "I am looking at a couple of places in the area. I just haven't made a decision yet."
The Mars Bar's jukebox and bar have been preserved and would be ready to plant in the forthcoming space, EV Grieve noted.