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California’s Largest Fish Market Is Grappling To Penetrate America’s Grocery Stores

As the largest fish market on the West Coast, the San Pedro Fish Market is no stranger to success, however, one of their newer ventures may be in jeopardy.

Tommy “The Boss” Amalfitano continues to manage operations at the actual fish market and restaurant in California, as Henry, Mike, and Tommy Jr. are pitching their line of frozen seafood products at the annual Boston Seafood Expo in Massachusetts.

While Mike and Anthony, one of his new consultants for the grocery products, try to get business done and meet with potential buyers, Henry and Tommy Jr. appear to be more interested in trying out samples on the expo floor.

Mike was definitely under a lot of pressure at the Seafood Expo. His frozen products project, which he launched five years back, hasn’t been as successful as he’s wanted it to be, and he’s counting on some big buys and client contracts to help turn things around. Plus, there’s always the added stress of Tommy Sr. not being too pleased with the frozen foods side of the business either, and he’s got his own take on what both a win and a loss at the Boston Seafood Expo looks like.

“Success means the project goes on. No success means you gotta make a decision. Cut the project, get rid of them, do something. If they don’t produce, what the hell good are they?”

Here’s to hoping that the San Pedro team in Boston can bring in some new business for their frozen products. Their futures at the fish market may very well depend on it.

Tune in every Friday for a brand new episode of Kings Of Fi$h Season 3. Or, if you need to catch up on past episodes, or just to binge watch, all KOF episodes can be found on FOODBEASTYouTube and Facebook.

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What California’s Largest Fish Market Looks Like On Its Busiest Day

The San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant is one of the most highly trafficked restaurant locations on the West Coast, seeing more than 20,000 visitors on weekends.

If you’ve ever been there, you already know that timing is everything. With only a few freeway entrances leading into the Port of Los Angeles, the West Coast’s largest fish market becomes overrun with traffic, creating long lines and an ocean of hungry people.

Still, the Kings of Fish, the family of principal owners of San Pedro’s legendary seafood market, are prepared to deal with the hoards of seafood hungry crowds that are willing to wait hours in line for a table.

Well, they would be if they were actually in the state.

With three members of the Kings Of Fish family more than 3,000 miles away from the sunny skies of San Pedro, the San Pedro Fish Market is tested on one of its busiest weekends, and actually needing to close the doors in order to accommodate the massive demand for shrimp trays and giant Coronas.

While Tommy “The Boss” Amalfitano, is trying to quell historically large crowds, his counterparts are “working” at the Boston Seafood Expo, trying to market a frozen seafood product.

But, by the looks of it, the Three Stooges of San Pedro can barely read the expo map to find their product booth and seem to be struggling after a long night in Boston.

While Tommy Sr. is over his head in clientele, he hopes the boys in Boston won’t let him down. But, being the veteran that he is, Tommy Sr. doesn’t believe anything until he sees it.  And on the busiest day at San Pedro Fish Market, all he sees are long lines — with his Kings of Fish nowhere in sight.

Tune in every Friday for a brand new episode of Kings Of Fi$h Season 3. Or, if you need to catch up on past episodes, or just to binge watch, all KOF episodes can be found on FOODBEASTYouTube and Facebook.

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Are The Kings Of Fi$h Working Hard Or Hardly Working?

In episode 12 of the Kings Of Fi$h series, the old adage, “when the cat’s away, the mice will play,” could be the best analogy for any member of the The San Pedro Fish Market family, especially when Tommy “The Boss” Amalfitano is not in sight.

Having returned to his day-to-day routine of running the San Pedro Fish Market after a mini-stint in retirement, Tommy “The Boss”Amalfitano is more fired up than ever. But, that doesn’t mean he’s a happy camper.

Adding to his frustration, Henry, Mike, and Tommy Jr. head to Boston, Mass. — during St. Patrick’s Day weekend — for the annual Boston Seafood Expo to market the company’s frozen seafood product. However, the Three Stooges of San Pedro seem to be celebrating St. Patty’s Day nearly 3,000 away from Tommy Sr. — and loving every minute of it.

While the boys are away, Tommy Sr. is left to oversee daily operations in San Pedro, and as a result, expresses his concern about what the trio is actually accomplishing. The only thing that Tommy Sr. seems confident in is the fact that his seafood market is running efficiently without them.

“Who the hell needs ’em? This place is running just fine. Whether they’re here or not — we’re rollin!” — Tommy “The Boss” Amalfitano

As Mike, Henry, and Tommy Jr. head to the seafood expo after a long night of celebrating Irish heritage, it’s clear they’re in over their heads — since they can’t even find their booth.

Still, the future of the company rests on the success of the frozen product, and if the boys don’t get their act together — the entire company will be on ice.

Tune in every Friday for a brand new episode of Kings Of Fi$h Season 3. Or, if you need to catch up on past episodes or just to binge watch, all KOF episodes can be found on FOODBEAST TV, YouTube and Facebook.

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Kings Of Fi$h Reality Series Follows America’s Top Seafood Dynasty For A Third Season

The world discovered The Kings Of Fi$h, the family dynasty behind the famous San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant, in February earlier this year after FOODBEAST debuted Kings Of Fi$h Seasons One and Two. It gave viewers a first-hand look into the day-to-day lives of the Ungaro and Amalfitano families, as they operate the largest fish market on the West Coast.

On the outside, it may seem like the Kings of Fi$h have it all figured out, having pioneered a family legacy in the seafood industry and creating The World’s Largest Shrimp Tray — which actually shut down freeway off-ramps into the port of Long Beach, due to the massive influx of folks wanting to try it.

But, in the midst of growing the family business, founder and family patriarch, Tommy “The Boss”Amalfitano, decided to step down after more than 50 years. This left the remaining members to appoint themselves roles in the company during his absence.

As we saw in first two seasons of KOF, replacing Tommy proved to be more difficult than working with him, and the stark reality of keeping one of Southern California’s most recognizable port-side seafood restaurants afloat set in.

As Kings Of Fi$h Season 3 gets underway, the KOF crew will work to improve marketing for their frozen consumer product, as well as endeavoring to expand their reach in the fast-casual industry.

Will the push for seafood supremacy dethrone the current Kings Of Fi$h? Tune in every Friday for a brand new episode of Kings Of Fi$h Season 3. Or, if you need to catch up on past episodes, or just to binge watch, all KOF episodes can be found on their FOODBEAST SHOW PAGE, YouTube and Facebook.

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Are The Kings Of Fi$h Ready To Compete For Control Of A Seafood Dynasty?

Now that you’re finally done binge watching FOODBEAST’s new reality series, Kings Of Fi$h Seasons One and Two, you’re probably wondering what’s coming next.

As KOF: Season 2 of comes to a close, we’re left to question the preparedness of Mike, Tommy Jr., Henry, and Jennifer, as they are tasked with motivating the younger generation to become apprentices of the family trade.

Now that we’ve gotten a closer look at the inter-personal relationships between the members of the Ungaro and Amalfitano families, it’s evident that trying to maintain full-managerial responsibility of the San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant without the guidance of Tommy “The Boss”Amalfitano is harder than expected. It’s easy to see that after Tommy’s retirement became a reality, there was still a strong sense of denial about his 54-year tenure coming to an end.

Meanwhile, as Mike and Henry had individual plans of taking control over the family business — neither seemed to put forth the focused initiative to right the ship and concentrate on other projects. Essentially, as soon as Tommy Sr. retired, both Mike and Henry took mini-vacations. Could this be indicative of how serious they really are about wanting to step up as boss?

While Henry was out in the desert being an outdoorsy-daredevil, Mike was in Las Vegas, socializing and trying to complete a commercial for the Frozen Shrimp Tray product. While there’s nothing wrong with fun and games, Tommy “The Boss”Amalfitano unexpectedly returns from a vacation to Mt. Fuji and was livid to see how thinly staffed Henry and Mike had left the market.

Future success of California’s greatest seafood dynasty hangs in the balance here. The Kings Of Fi$h could arguably be the best franchise in seafood, but will they step up to the challenge?

It’s safe to say that even though the San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant has become an iconic business within the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles proper, that does not make this family business immune to failure. Fortunately, family patriarch Tommy Sr. was keen to the instability among the staff without his guidance and may have prolonged his permanent retirement — for now. As FOODBEAST’s Kings Of Fi$h series progresses, there is sure to be more family quarrels,  as competing ideas about what it will take to keep this legendary business afloat are brought to the surface.

And it’s not even summer, yet.

If you haven’t already, catch up on KOF: Season 2 by watching the episodes below, or swing by our YouTube and Facebook pages to watch both full seasons back-to-back.

Kings Of Fish, Ep. 6 — Jr’s Surprise Dinner Triggers Reaction

Kings Of Fish, Ep. 7 — The Queen And The Snowball

Kings Of Fish, Ep.8 — Seriously Guys?

Kings Of Fish, Ep.9 — I’m Back!

Kings Of Fish, Ep. 10 — FIRE!

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New Foodbeast Series Follows Family Running California’s Largest Fish Market

Everyday since, Feb. 27, FOODBEAST has launched a brand new episode of Kings Of Fi$h: Season One, giving us a behind-the-scenes perspective of the day-to-day operations of the Ungaro and Amalfitano families — the tight-knit Italian clan that has owned and operated the San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant since the 1950s. 

The San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant is one of the largest and most unique seafood dining experiences on the West Coast. With a 50,000 square foot facility that provides seating capacity for more than 3,000 people, the San Pedro Fish Market served more than 1.2 million people last year. On an average Sunday, the market will see about 20,000 visitors. 

Within this cohesive family unit, you can instantly notice that this has become more than just a family business, as its evolved into an iconic geographical and cultural landmark in the Port of Los Angeles. Thanks to beautiful seafood platters — like the World Famous Shrimp Tray — and an extensive variety of seafood, it’s easy to see how the Kings Of Fi$h family has built such a legendary reputation.

In 2016, Time magazine placed the San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant as fifth on the “Most Instagram Restaurants in the U.S.”, list. Thanks to their World Famous Shrimp Tray and the Guinness World Record setting annual LobsterFest, it’s safe to say these guys really know their fish.

Join us as we follow the hardships and celebrations of the Ungaro and Amalfitano families as they work though their most daunting challenge yet — continuing to run the family business without the knowledge from their founder, CEO, and family patriarch, Tommy “The Boss”Amalfitano after 54 years of him being the heart of the business.

If you’re already hooked on our newest reality series, Kings Of Fi$h: Season One, then you’ll be pleased to know Season Two is debuting next week. So, if you haven’t already familiarized yourself with the Kings Of Fi$h, here are the first five episode of KOF: Season One. We’ve also included the Kings Of Fi$h Season One finale, which will be launching Friday, March 3 at 5:00 p.m. (PST) on all of FOODBEAST’s social channels (Facebook / YouTube). However, you can see season finale here first!

Kings Of Fi$h, Ep. 1 — Family Business

Kings Of Fi$h, Ep. 2 — Tommy’s The Boss

Kings Of Fi$h, Ep. 3 — Big Announcement

Kings Of Fi$h, Ep. 4 — Grow Up

Kings Of Fi$h, Ep. 5 — When The Cat’s Away, The Mice Will Play