North Market News: Coastal Local Seafood Announcement & Grand Opening
Coastal Local Seafood is set to open at North Market downtown on Friday, September 11 in the spot formally operated by The Fish Guys, with proprietor Ian Holmes taking over operations.
Effective September 11, Coastal Local Seafood’s hours will be:
* Wednesday – Saturday: 9am-6pm
* Sunday: 10am-5pm
(Closed Monday & Tuesday)
Coastal Local Seafood started out as a distributor to many central Ohio restaurants and chefs. Along with operating a retail shop at North Market Bridge Park, slated to open in the coming weeks, Coastal Local Seafood will now operate at North Market downtown as well.
“Although the circumstances aren’t exactly how I had imagined, I have always wanted to be a part of the iconic North Market,” said Holmes. “I realize this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this next chapter.”
When COVID-19 closed many of his restaurant clients in March, Holmes decided to create what he called Seafood Stimulus Packages delivered direct to consumers at a time when most people were quarantined at home. Holmes and his team were also instrumental in operating the North Market Fresh Bundle Deliveries this spring.
Holmes intends to operate the fresh fish & seafood stall at North Market downtown with minimal construction for the time being, and plans to renovate the space in early 2021.
“We could not be happier for Coastal Local Seafood to join our downtown merchant community, no doubt it will be central Ohio’s go-to ‘dock to table’ seafood purveyor,” said North Market Executive Director Rick Harrison Wolfe. “Ian will also be introducing a new extensive prepared food concept we are thrilled about.”
In operation since 1876, North Market merchants, farmers, and makers have loyally served the community and its visitors. North Market has made it its mission to provide an authentic Columbus, Ohio experience that highlights the diversity and vibrancy of our community, both economically and culturally by promoting and incubating ‘best-in-class’ local, independent businesses.
About Coastal Local Seafood
Central Ohio seafood distributor Ian Holmes, owner of Coastal Local Seafood, joined the ranks of esteemed foodies when he was named a Columbus Monthly Tastemaker 2017 as he provides the freshest seafood to local professional chefs. Menu features can be found at area restaurants including Lupo, Sycamore, La Tavola, Skillet, among others. North Market announced in November 2019 that Holmes will bring his expertise to the North Market Bridge Park merchant community.