The Mermaid Inn, a perpetually common eatery at 570 Amsterdam Ave. for 15 years, will shut on Oct. 16. House owners Danny Abrams and Cindy Smith mentioned that they mutually agreed with the constructing’s new homeowners, a neighborhood partnership, to terminate their lease on the New England-style seafood spot which was quickly to run out.
“We’re each tremendous unhappy,” Smith mentioned of her and Abrams’ emotions after they broke the information to 90 workers.
Their new landlord has unknown plans for the constructing and, “We didn’t wish to have a restaurant surrounded by a scaffold,” Smith mentioned.
However Mermaid-lovers can look ahead too to a brand new location close by, Abrams mentioned.
“We’re two or three spots to maneuver on the Higher West Aspect, and we hope to be in a single by late spring or early summer time,” he mentioned.
In the meantime, the duo are near opening a mammoth new Mermaid Inn at 127 W. forty third Road off Occasions Sq., the previous HB Burger website, the place they’ve teamed up with Alicart Restaurant Group CEO Jeffrey Financial institution.
Abrams and Smith mentioned Amsterdam Avenue workers will probably be supplied jobs on the Occasions Sq. venue. Solely about half of the deliberate 550 seats will open this fall, with the remainder to comply with early subsequent yr.
“We haven’t constructed it out but,” Abrams defined.
Will probably be their fifth and largest Mermaid. The oldest, at 96 Second Ave. downtown, simply reopened after the two-year pandemic. The others are in Greenwich Village (the place it’s known as the Mermaid Oyster Bar) and Chelsea.