The Fish Market is a restaurant chain founded by Jimmy Hontzas. The flagship Birmingham location is at 612 22nd Street South. The sprawling operation includes a seafood market with shelves of in-house prepared foods and products brought from Greece by Tsitalia Imports; several dining areas, an oyster bar, and an outdoor patio. The menu features scores of fresh seafood options, available grilled, fried or baked in several ways with numerous side dishes.
The restaurant was purchased by Hontzas' nephew, George Sarris, in July 1982. With a partner, George Drakos purchased Empire Seafood in 1996. Drakos and Petros Kartos operate Fish Market locations at 1681 Montgomery Highway in Hoover and 5407 U. S. Highway 280 near Greystone.
In 2007 Sarris moved the original fish market into its present location in the Harris Transfer Company's former warehouses. The renovation of the historic warehouse earned the restaurant and Lathan Associates Architects a Preservation Award from the Birmingham Historical Society.
The Fish Market is a member of the Birmingham Originals restaurant alliance.
- Evans, Amy (March 8, 2004) "The Fish Market". interview with George Sarris. Southern Foodways Alliance
- Walsh, Jan (May 1, 2011) "The Fish Market offers hearty seafood portions at affordable prices". B-Metro