That’s what I was thinking as I talked with Bryce, owner of Freshy’s seafood market. Imagine Mutual Fish, but with sustainable, locally grown seafood, and right here on Mercer Island.
Freshy’s is opening at the old 76 Union gas station at 76th and 24th (thanks for the tip, Bill*) on North Island. The planned opening is around July 20th.
According to Bryce, they’re following the Monterey Bay sustainability standard and are planning to identify local fishermen where possible. Mostly they source from the Willapa Bay. They’ll have about 3,000 gallons of live tank fish including crab, prawns, and crawfish.
Why Mercer Island? Bryce said, “We looked at several locations. The area is starved for fresh seafood.” They plan to serve Mercer Island and the greater East Side, and also looked at Woodinville and Redmond as possible locations. Mercer Island downtown is a great location for commuters coming home over I-90. And as Bryce talked, I imagined how I would change my own commute to pick up tasty salmon and halibut.
Last word from Bryce: “Directly from the dock to Mercer Island.”
* Bill is the source of 75-85% of new information in this blog lately, according to my best estimate.