Seafood Galley of El Paso:A look back at a forgotten local Restaurant!

Damn! That looks very good!


As a youngster growing up in the late 1980s and early 1990s, eating at restaurants every Friday with my parents was a common occurrence. One local restaurant that we visited every other Friday, was Seafood Galley of El Paso. From time to time, we would also visit their other location on Lee Trevino. The name of the Lee Trevino location was “The Seafarer”. It was very similiar to Seafood Galley. Actually, it was an exact copy of Seafood Galley. The only difference between the two establishments was the name. The Seafood Galley offered great tasting seafood and decent tasting coleslaw at moderate prices. The Fried Gulf Shrimp platter is what I would usually order. My Pa would order the Clam Chowder, and my Ma usually ordered the fried fish with a side order of fries. To be honest, we ate at Seafood Galley up until the time they closed in the fall of 2008.  Seafood Galley reopened in the summer of 2009 under new management/ownership.

So why did Seafood Galley close in 2008? The real reason for Seafood Galley closing, is that the owner, Max, just wanted to retire from the restaurant business. As far as I know, he retired in Santa Fe,New Mexico in 2009/early 2010.

When Seafood Galley reopened in July of 2009, I immediately noticed that it was not the same Seafood Galley that I would frequent in the 80s,90s, and early 2000s. The fish tanks, swinging wood door, menus, and glassware had disappeared. What was before me was an updated version of Seafood Galley, that was trying to appeal to a younger crowd. If you can remember, a majority of Seafood Galley’s clientele were older adults. To be more precise, people between the age of 40 and 80 would frequent Seafood Galley. The new owner had no clue as to what he was doing with Seafood Galley. He should have stuck to the rule of ,”If it is not broken, then do not fix it”. The new Seafood Galley eventually closed in late 2010. My guess is that the hardcore faithful clients did not like the changes that Mr.Olivares implemented on Seafood Galley. So what is in place of the old Seafood Galley restaurant? The last time I checked, a sh*t hole by the name of Grizzly burger was occupying the old Seafood Galley building. Oh well! You will be missed Seafood Galley of El Paso!


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