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PPX said employees at the seafood chain have been asked to stay, adding that it hopes to have a total of 3,000 employees across all its brands once restaurants are fully operational again. “They are a trusted supplier because they are one of the few fish processors participating in the U.S. Department of Commerce`s USDC Grade A voluntary inspection program, and their commitment to controlling every step of the process translates into seafood that tastes great,” King said. In March 1994, Food Arts Magazine presented the Silver Spoon Award to George and Roger Berkowitz for excellence and American seafood awareness for 30 years. [23] That same year, Legal Sea Foods also opened its first airport restaurant in Terminal C of Logan International Airport, followed by a location at Philadelphia International Airport. Also in 1994, Legal Sea Foods invited influential chefs from China to incorporate Asian cuisine into the restaurant`s menu. This program was called “Cuisineast” and some dishes created for this event are still on the menu. [24] In 2005, a new type of restaurant, Legal Test Kitchen (LTK), was introduced, with a menu of 50-60% seafood and prices that were comparatively lower than Legal Sea Foods` traditional establishments. [33] Also in 2005, Legal Sea Foods began offering gluten-free menu options for the first time, offering more dining options to guests with celiac disease. [34] In creating the new menu, PPX executives wanted to honor Legal`s classic dishes such as New England baked haddock – Anna`s Way, Legal`s signature crab cake, crispy squid and clam chowder, while adding innovative preparations to some of the pieces of fish and other seafood. King said. A few months ago, rumors circulated that Berkowitz, whose grandfather founded the seafood business in 1950 as a fish market in Cambridge, Massachusetts, might sell the popular mid-priced chain that opened its first restaurant in 1968 to PPX Hospitality Brands, a new offshoot of Danu Partners.

an Irish investment company based in Medford, Massachusetts. Although financial terms are not publicly disclosed, this transaction was closed today, both parties confirm. About Legal Sea Foods Seventy years ago, Legal Sea Foods opened as a seafood market in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has since cast a wider net – it now operates more than 25 restaurants along the East Coast as well as its own quality control center in Boston Harbor. Legal Sea Foods` signature slogan, “If it`s not fresh, it`s not legal!” is a testament to its legendary fanaticism for seafood quality and safety. The restaurants serve more than 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish throughout the year. The menu showcases the quintessential New England cuisine, including the famous New England clam chowder, which has been served at every presidential inauguration since 1981. For more information about Legal Sea Foods and its locations, please visit The iconic seafood chain is being bought by PPX Hospitality Group, which also owns Smith & Wollensky and three properties in Strega During the 2016 presidential primary, Legal Sea Foods launched a campaign-themed parody.

On Super Tuesday, Roger Berkowitz declared himself a candidate for president of the United States in a parody advertising campaign of the “shady” election. Among other things, he promised he would legalize seaweed on his first day in office, and he urged voters to #feeltheberk on social media. [73] The spots were broadcast in newspapers, radio and print media. [74] In 2014, Legal Sea Foods began airing print and television advertisements arguing that its seafood restaurants should never be labeled as a chain. The series of commercials uses restaurant manager Roger Berkowitz to explain why. [3] Legal Sea Foods, the New England-based line of polished seafood restaurants, was sold to PPX Hospitality, the parent company of the upscale Smith & Wollensky and Strega food groups. The parties have agreed not to disclose the price. PPX becomes the owner of the rights to the Legal Sea Foods name for the restaurants, but the general manager of the legal department, Roger Berkowitz, whose family opened the chain in 1968, retains the rights to the name of his online company, which sells seafood (fresh and prepared), chowders, t-shirts, kitchen utensils, gift cards, etc.

But first, it`s about streamlining PPX and Legal`s seafood suppliers and revamping the menu. Swapping seafood suppliers with Legal and other PPX brands “has allowed us to combine our resources to offer Legal Sea Foods` customers the best of the best cuts of meat and seafood,” said Lapine. The seafood processing facility, known as the Quality Control Centre, is included in the agreement. In 2009, Legal C Bar debuted with a retail outlet in Dedham, Massachusetts, focused on casual seafood and custom cocktails. [37] What does this mean exactly? Berkowitz says he`s not yet ready to discuss specific ideas to the law for the future, but he says he`s working on a new venture called Nitro-Fresh, which will freeze and ship restaurant-quality seafood directly to private consumers. “After selling to them for over 30 years, I received this letter telling me they would not pay me for the products they bought and used from September to December,” the sales representative wrote. “They know that fighting me in court would cost me more than I would recover, and the same goes for the other 150 or so people they stiffened up.” Legal Sea Foods is an American chain of casual seafood restaurants[5] located primarily in the northeastern United States. North Coast is a third-generation family business “passionate about freshness and seafood delivery with unwavering integrity,” according to King.

Legal serves certified sustainable seafood, including farmed shrimp certified four stars according to aquaculture best practices and certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council; scallops, saithe, halibut, haddock and swordfish certified by the Marine Stewardship Council; and salmon certified organic by the EU.