Waterfront icon Johnny's Seafood Co. closing for remodeling

Staff writerJanuary 8, 2014 

Johnny's Seafood's remodeled store


The 39-year-old building housing one of Tacoma's oldest seafood merchants will get a $1.3 million makeover during a three-month closure that begins Sunday.

Johnny's Seafood Co., founded in 1954 and operating in its present building at 1199 Dock St. since 1975, will be open through Saturday, but will be closed for remodeling until April 15, the company said Wednesday.

A company spokeswoman said the building on the west side of downtown Tacoma's Thea Foss Waterway will be gutted and will reopen as a "state-of-the-art" seafood store and bistro.

 The seafood company was founded in 1954 by "Little John" Gerontis and his business partner "Big John" Cologerou.  In 2006, one of the nation's largest seafood companies, Pacific Seafood of Clackamas, Ore., bought the business from its then owners Gary Gerontis and Robert Iverson.

As part of the remodeling project Johnny's will complete a public esplanade on the water side of its property.  The esplanade will ultimately stretch from the head of the Foss Waterway to its mouth on Commencement Bay.

The remodeling will include an outside dining area for light seafood dishes. 

Johnny's had considered moving its store to a Fife strip mall, but decided to purchase its site on the waterway and remodel its building because of the redevelopment along the Foss that includes several condominium and apartment structures and a planned two-hotel complex.

The Tacoma architectural firm BCRA designed the remodeled structure.


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