Community members and visitors showed up at the Harford Seafood Company for its official grand opening on Wednesday.
“We’re really focused on quality, sustainable seafood and focused on working with local fishermen,” said Shaun Corrales, owner of Harford Seafood Company.
The new location offers a variety of seafood options including crab, salmon, halibut and shrimp.
“So about 70% of what we transport, it comes here locally. It comes straight out of the water, goes straight up into our tanks,” Corrales said.
The market uses the Monterey Bay Sustainability Rating System to determine who they buy seafood from and only buys from those who receive a green rating.
“We have live fish and we can take it straight out of the tank and we’ll fillet it for you,” Corrales said.
Community members flooded the grand opening to see all it has to offer and say they are happy the market is showcasing local businesses and winemakers.
“So far it’s been great, it’s been great, it’s been beautiful. I feel like it’s giving the neighborhood a makeover. Exactly what we needed here,” said Courtney & Julien Asseo, residents from Paso Robles.
The Seafood Company fills large shoes at the end of Harford Pier. It’s been years since the last seafood restaurant, the Olde Port Inn Restaurant, closed.
Paul Marshburn visited the area 8 years ago and tried the Olde Port Inn restaurant before it closed.
“Today we went out after this long period to see if the old restaurant was still there and found it was closed but a new one had opened in its place,” visitor Paul Marshburn said.
Although sad to see the old restaurant closed, Marshburn gave the market a try.
“It was absolutely good, yeah, we ate well,” Marshburn said.
Members of the Harbor Commission also showed their support at the grand opening and hope this new restaurant will allow members of the community to enjoy the pier in a new way.
“We want everyone to come out and support them right now,” said Mary Matakovich, vice president of the Port San Luis Harbor Commission.
Harford Seafood Company is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.