A San Jose dining institution has shuttered, but the eating will continue.
Popular family-owned fish market and restaurant Race Street Seafood Kitchen closed Saturday after 46 years in business and reopened Monday under new ownership as Grand Seafood Market.
The closure was announced by Race Street owners Friday on the Facebook page:
"Dear friends and customers: For the last 46 years, Race Street Seafood Kitchen has been serving fish and chips and all sorts of seafood to our loyal and dedicated customers out of our small shop on Race Street. We have decided that it’s time to close this chapter. . . It’s been an incredible run – we’ve seen countless regulars come through our doors, and countless others become regulars. Thank you for your years of dedication to our business!"
The announcement yielded many nostalgic responses from San Jose residents who have eaten there their whole lives.
"My sister doesn't eat any kind of seafood, but Dad would tell her it was chicken and she loved it as well. Can smell it now," wrote Christine Hendricks. "Thanks for the memories!"
"Rather than moan about how much you will be missed, I'd like to thank you for being an important part of our diet, an important part of our community, and most of all, an important part of our family," wrote Andrew M. Phillips.
One thing the announcement didn't mention, however, was the imminent re-opening under new ownership.
A rep for Grand Seafood Market told San Jose Mercury News that they're trying to retain all of the Race Street employees, some of whom have been there for over 15 years, and that the only planned changes are to sell live crab and lobster as well as more Monterey and West Coast seafood, shellfish and wild fish.