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San Pedro Fish Market originally had plans to move its massive setup to the West Harbor waterfront development, its second location. San Pedro Fish Market very recently locked down the space that will sit in the proximity of 3011 Miner St in San Pedro, approximately a mile and a half north.
This new location will apparently double the size for the San Pedro Fish Market owners, Thomas Amalfitano and Michael Ungaro, to run their seafood operation. “Our business was founded by my grandfather in 1956. It was s small corner seafood store serving to the San Pedro community — mostly fishermen,” Ungaro told What Now Los Angeles (WNLA).
This location, south of the Vincent Thomas Bridge and near Harbor Boulevard and Swinford Street, will offer a much-larger dining space on the water and with an ample amount of parking. It’s being designed by Rick McCormack of Studio McCormack, who previously worked with The Cheesecake Factory and BJ’s Pizzeria. They are also working with Garner Holt Productions, the world’s largest creator of animatronics and theme park attractions having completed projects globally for Disney and Universal Studios recently among dozens of others. “It’ll be more than just a seafood restaurant — it’ll be an attraction.”
San Pedro Fish Market has its own way of serving its huge amount of daily patrons. “You pick out your seafood and we cook it for you,” which is typically shrimp with bell peppers, onions, and things like that. However, in the past few years, the owners have also opened up three new concepts around the LA-metro. The San Pedro Market Grill in Rolling Hills Estates, along with one in Harbor City. Then they came across an empty Joe’s Crab Shack that was available, where they opened a smaller San Pedro Fish Market.
“What is most important to us is we have worked tirelessly for over six years to map out all the improvements necessary to support our growth as the second largest paid waterfront attraction on the West Coast,” explained Ungaro, according to a press release provided by a PR rep for San Pedro. “Given our continued growth and commitment to safely serve the Port communities and our guests during the emergency orders, our team in coordination with the Port of Los Angeles and Catalina Express are developing a one of a kind experience that will be easier to get to, have more waterfront seating, better views, and will use incredible attractions to tell the world the colorful and awesome history of San Pedro.”
“What’s happening now is we’re looking for a way to expand. We’ve had double-digit growth every year for about 10 years now,” the owner told WNLA. “We’ve outgrown the location we’re in.” With negotiations soon to be underway, the projected timeline for the project’s completion is about two to three years. “This gives us the opportunity to expand, guaranteeing our legacy into the fourth and fifth generations. When my grandpa started this in 1956, he didn’t know it would expand this much.”
The family behind San Pedro Fish Market produce their own web series, Kings of Fish, which won multiple awards and just recently wrapped up its seventh season.