Salinas Valley Fish House Closes Down
December 30, 2012
The Salinas Valley Fish House is saying goodbye for good after New Year's Eve. After 15 years in business, the Oldtown Salinas spot known for its "where everyone knows your name" atmosphere, full bar and expertise with seafood is shutting down; Dec. 31 will be its final day of operation.
Co-owners and cousins Tony DiGirolamo and Steven Kubota—the general manager and chef, respectively—announced the closure via a posting on the restaurant's Facebook page on Dec. 20.
No reason was given, but the post thanks everyone who has supported the restaurant "during these most difficult times."
Parking has become a major issue for businesses on the 100 block of Main Street.
Taylor Farms is building a new heardquarters on the site of a former parking lot that had served numerous retail business and customers in the area.
The restaurant's closure is also a blow to a prominent corner of Oldtown—the Fish House is a tenant in the historic Glickbarg Building (built in 1907) at the corner of Main and Gabilan streets.
The DiGirolamo name is a prominent one in the Monterey County food scene. Tony DiGirolamo grew up working in his father's popular seafood restaurant, Angelo's on Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey. Another cousin, Phil DiGirolamo, owns Phil's Fish House in Moss Landing.