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The Famous San Pedro Fish Market Heads to Long Beach Marina in 2018

The owners are taking over the shuttered Joe’s Crab Shack

San Pedro Fish Market
San Pedro Fish Market
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

The San Pedro Fish Market will expand to Long Beach Marina in spring 2018. The 62-year-old business plans to keep busy, while taking over the the shuttered Joe’s Crab Shack in Long Beach, and opening two additional fast casual restaurants in the South Bay, all within six months.

In an interview with the Long Beach Press Telegram, owner Henry Ungaro plans on expanding the open warehouse space in Long Beach with a fish market and a similar menu to original, while taking advantage of the marina view. The company also has fast casual in their near future, with new restaurants in Rolling Hills Estates and Harbor City called the San Pedro Fish Market Grille. Both hope to open in spring 2018.

The San Pedro Fish Market resides in the Ports O’ Call Village, which is in the midst of a massive redevelopment. Many tenants were recently served eviction notices, including Acapulco, Crusty Crab, and the 56-year-old Ports O’ Call Restaurant. The San Pedro Fish Market was spared, and will stay open for business when the construction is completed sometime in 2020.

The father-and-son Mackey and Henry Ungaro, started the business with Tommy Amalfitano in 1955, and moved into the present original location in 1981. Earlier this year, the founders starred in “Kings of Fi$h,” an online reality show.