Popular California Seafood Restaurant Moves to Moss Landing

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Labor Day was the last day Phil’s Fish Market and Eatery served its popular seafood at its beachfront location in Moss Landing. After more than 20 years, the business is moving from its location on Sandholdt Road after the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute did not renew its lease. MBARI plans to build a 33,000 square foot marine research facility on the site. Monday looked like another busy day, with the usual long line of people stretching outside almost to the street. I won’t disappoint people who come,” said Phil DiGirolamo, owner of Phil’s Fish Market. Many were unaware that this was the popular restaurant‘s last day at the current location. said Mary Lee, who drove in from Aptos. “I love their clam chowder. This is the best.” The staff treated this day as if it were any other. They were busy cooking seafood and serving it to their customers. They followed the recipe for success that earned them a loyal following and numerous accolades.”There’s a lot of hard work out there,” said General Manager Elia Santoyo. “We may not know it, but it’s great that this award come back to us.” DiGirolamo has been in business for 40 years, 22 of them at its current location. Regular visitors have described feeling emotional. “Phil’s is where friends come to visit from the Central Valley and everywhere and we come still at Phil’s,” said Patti Munro of Salinas. “It’s our thing to do.” The closure doesn’t mean the end of Phil’s Fish Market. DiGirolamo will downsize her business and run it from Phil’s Snack Shack & Deli at 7912 Moss Landing Road as he finalizes a deal for a new the location. Finding a space to replace the 14,000 square foot building he is losing was not easy. “We’re looking at other places that can accommodate what we’re doing and it’s a bit difficult, so that’s why we’re downsizing and taking it back and seeing what options are available to us,” DiGirolamo said.

Labor Day was the last day Phil’s Fish Market and Eatery served its popular seafood at its beachfront location in Moss Landing.

After more than 20 years, the company is leaving its location on Sandholdt Road after the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute failed to renew its lease. MBARI plans to build a 33,000 square foot marine research facility on the site.

Monday looked like another busy day, with the usual long line of people stretching almost to the street.

“We rushed to get everything today so we wouldn’t disappoint people who were coming,” said Phil DiGirolamo, owner of Phil’s Fish Market.

Many were unaware that this was the popular restaurant’s last day at the current location.

“I just found out the second it’s their last day,” said Mary Lee, who came from Aptos. “I love their clam chowder. It’s the best.”

The staff treated this day as if it were any other. They were busy cooking seafood and serving it to their customers. They followed the recipe for success that earned them a loyal following and numerous awards.

“There’s a lot of hard work there,” said general manager Elia Santoyo. “We may not know it, but it’s great to have this award come back to us.”

DiGirolamo has been in business for 40 years, 22 of them at its current location. Regular visitors have reported feeling emotional.

“Phil’s is where friends come to visit from the Central Valley and everywhere and we always come to Phil’s,” said Patti Munro of Salinas. “It’s our thing to do.”

The closure does not mean the end of Phil’s Fish Market.

DiGirolamo will downsize his business and run it from Phil’s Snack Shack & Deli at 7912 Moss Landing Road while he finalizes a deal for a new location.

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Phil’s snack

Finding a space to replace the 14,000 square foot building he is losing was not easy.

“We’re looking at other places that can accommodate what we’re doing and it’s a bit difficult, so that’s why we’re downsizing and taking it back and seeing what options are available to us,” DiGirolamo said.

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