The fish market restaurant in South San Jose – a popular spot for grilled fresh fish, dungeness crab, and clam soup – won’t survive the coronavirus era, company owners have announced.
The news came about the company’s required notification to the state of California of pending layoffs. 73 employees lose their jobs at this location.
“The economic impact of the pandemic has caused seafood market restaurants to suffer unpredictable financial losses,” wrote Dwight Colton, company president, in his letter on the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). “The overwhelming economic impact of the pandemic has been sudden, rapidly escalating and unpredictable.”
The renegotiation of the lease for this Blossom Hill Road location was incorporated into the decision, according to a notice on the restaurant website expressing “deep sadness”.
“Our lease is expected to expire within the year. After realizing the extraordinary cost of reopening each site and having no schedule to restore full operations, permanent closure has become our only viable option, ”write the owners.
The closure leaves the chain with three restaurants in the Bay Area – Palo Alto, Santa Clara, and San Mateo – and two in Southern California.
According to the website, the company’s founders launched the chain in Northern California in 1976 and turned a former pancake house on El Camino Real in Palo Alto into a seafood restaurant, market, and oyster bar. In 1979 the Santa Clara location followed, also on El Camino. The San Mateo restaurant opened in 1982.
The San Jose restaurant opened 15 years later in 1997. The farewell note read: “A special thank you to our loyal guests for your years of support, good mood, friendliness and your great appetite – we dedicate our 23 years in business to you!”
The three remaining locations in the Bay Area offer food, take-away, and outdoor delivery, as do the locations in San Diego and Del Mar. According to the archives of the Bay Area News Group, the chain once had nearly twice as many restaurants – nine – like today.
Details: The now closed fish market was located on 1007 Blossom Hill Road. The rest of the restaurants are located at 3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; 3775 El Camino Real, Santa Clara; and 1855 S. Norfolk St., San Mateo. www.thefishmarket.com