Fish market closes Santa Clara site after 4 decades

After an enforced temporary closure, The Fish Market has permanently closed its Santa Clara restaurant.

The closure appears to have taken place at the end of June when The Fish Market first shared on Facebook that its South Bay outpost at 3775 El Camino Real was closing permanently. Dwight Colton, president of The Fish Market, called the store’s closure an “unexpected development”.

“We’ve had an incredibly long and proud history at our Santa Clara location since we opened in 1979,” Colton said in a statement. “We have been fortunate to have such a dedicated and loyal group of employees and we are honored that so many of them have chosen to make the Santa Clara Fish Market their place of work. Our success is entirely due to them. »

The Santa Clara Fish Market temporarily closed during the pandemic but has reopened for outdoor dining and takeout in August 2020. It’s unclear when the store finally closed again, but Colton wrote that the aftermath of COVID-19 made it difficult to reopen at all. He added that “uncertain economic conditions” and a labor shortage had added more strain and caused the store to close permanently.

In 2021, a staff member at The Fish Market told customers about Yelp that he didn’t know when the restaurant in Santa Clara would return. “Shortage of restaurant workers is preventing us from reopening,” Kirk B. wrote. “We are barely able to staff our open restaurants.”

Known for its clam chowder bowls and fresh seafood dishes, The Fish Market opened its Santa Clara location, its second in the Bay Area, in 1979, following the opening of its first restaurant, in Palo Alto, in 1976. Upon opening, the Oyster Bar featured inside the fish market became the first in the city of Santa Clara, according to the company site history. In 1982, the restaurant opened a location in San Mateo, followed by locations in San Diego and Solana Beach.

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