Story and photo by Keri DeTore
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
The Junction’s fresh-fish market has a new owner you just might know: Jon Daniels was the owner of City Fish in Pike Place Market for fifteen years and he’s bringing his experience, along with some big plans, to Seattle Fish Company.
Daniels calls taking over the fish market the “perfect situation.” After selling City Fish and taking a year off for family time, he was ready to get back into business. When the opportunity came to take over Seattle Fish Company, he says, “I walked into the shop for the first time (around) September 12th and we closed on October 7th.”
The fish market continues to sell the fresh fish, shellfish, and crab cakes they’re known for, and come January, it’ll also be a seafood restaurant, serving lunch and dinner.
Daniels will be installing a grill, fume hood, restrooms, and tables and chairs at the front of the restaurant, to serve what he calls “Simple seafood. We’re not competing with the guys next door (Spring Hill Restaurant) because what they do is great. We’ll have freshly grilled oysters, planked salmon and steamed clams and mussels.” He also anticipates a rotating menu of chowders and 8-10 seasonal items on the menu.
Though Daniels hasn’t finalized hours for the restaurant, he says they’ll probably start at 11 am and serve until around 8 pm. “We’ll watch and learn for the first two weeks and see how it goes.”
Daniels has applied for a liquor license and hopes to be offering a selection of bottled wine and beer by Thanksgiving. “People have been saying they’d love to have champagne and oysters, and we’re hoping we’ll be able to serve that in the restaurant (in January.)”
While you’re dining, you’ll also be able to place your order for fresh salmon to take home, and grab it on your way out. Shipping across the US is still available – and they are considering accepting take-out orders.
Daniels has retained all of the fish market’s previous employees and says “I’m learning from them and teaching them some new ways of doing things.” He adds, “Everyone’s excited about the future.”
The revamped website at seattlefishcompany.com will be live on Friday. Seattle Fish Company is open seven days a week from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm.