On the eve of the opening of fish. at 1708 Lombard St., structural problems have forced the closure of Mike Stollenwerk's original restaurant, Little Fish in Queen Village.

Earlier this year, damage was noted to Little Fish's outside wall at Sixth and Catharine; for some time, it has had a "bowed" effect. The restaurant was shut down earlier this week. Stollenwerk is pressuring the building owner to fix the issue, and work is progressing very slowly. He initially thought he'd be back in business today.

Meanwhile, Stollenwerk is on pins and needles as he waits for the state Liquor Control Board to approve fish.'s liquor license. He's hoping for word on Monday (10/5) or Tuesday (10/6).