The bar, which has been a neighborhood fixture for more than 20 years on Ludlow and E. Houston streets, staved off a previous moving scare due to a rent increase in January of 2011. Now the bar is again planning to move, filing a petition to gather support for a liquor license at two proposed new locations in Williamsburg.
The petition, first reported by local blog the Lo Down, labeled Max Fish a "Lower East Side institution and cultural icon" as it requested support from nearby residents surrounding 132 Metropolitan Ave. or 99 N. First St. in Williamsburg.
The petition said it would be seeking operate with a full liquor license from 2 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Owners of Max Fish did not immediately return a call or email for comment, but told East Village blog EV Grieve Max Fish on the Lower East Side would likely close in August.