Mermaid Inn owners ‘tremendous unhappy’ to close Upper West Side location after 15 years

The Mermaid Inn, a perpetually standard eatery at 570 Amsterdam Ave. for 15 years, will close on Oct. 16. Owners Danny Abrams and Cindy Smith mentioned that they mutually agreed with the constructing’s new owners, an area partnership, to terminate their lease on the New England-style seafood spot which was quickly to expire.

“We’re both super sad,” Smith mentioned of her and Abrams’ emotions after they broke the information to 90 staff.

Their new landlord has unknown plans for the constructing and, “We didn’t want to have a restaurant surrounded by a scaffold,” Smith mentioned.

But Mermaid-lovers can look ahead too to a brand new location close by, Abrams mentioned.

“We’re looking at two or three spots to move on the Upper West Side, and we hope to be in one by late spring or early summer,” he mentioned.

Meanwhile, the duo are close to opening a mammoth new Mermaid Inn at 127 W. forty third Street off Times Square, the previous HB Burger web site, the place they’ve teamed up with Alicart Restaurant Group CEO Jeffrey Bank.

Abrams and Smith mentioned Amsterdam Avenue staff might be provided jobs on the Times Square venue. Only about half of the deliberate 550 seats will open this fall, with the remaining to observe early subsequent year.

The New England-style seafood spot will search a brand new residence on the Upper West Side, the owners mentioned.
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“We haven’t built it out yet,” Abrams defined.

It might be their fifth and largest Mermaid. The oldest, at 96 Second Ave. downtown, simply reopened after the two-year pandemic. The others are in Chelsea and in Greenwich Village, the place it’s known as the Mermaid Oyster Bar.

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