Legal Sea Foods founder George Berkowitz dies at 97

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George Berkowitz, who founded the seafood restaurant chain Legal Seafoods, has died in a suburb of Boston. He was 97 years old. Berkowitz died in his sleep on February 20 at his retirement home in Dedham after facing failing health, reports the Boston Globe. He originally founded Legal Sea Foods in 1950 as a fish market next to his Russian immigrant father’s meat and grocery market, Legal Cash Market, in Cambridge, according to the newspaper.

Berkowitz opened the first Legal Sea Foods restaurant next to the fish market in 1968. Over the years, the restaurants, which feature traditional New England seafood such as clam chowder and fried clams, have won numerous national accolades.

Berkowitz’s son, Roger Berkowitz, eventually took over as CEO and sold the chain to Medford-based PPX Hospitality Brands in 2020, although he retained the rights to operate its online marketplace. .

There are currently 23 Legal Sea Foods restaurants from Massachusetts to Virginia. Born in Cambridge, Berkowitz also served in the US Marine Corps. He leaves a wife, three sons and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family said in an obituary that Berkowitz’s funeral will be private.

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