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I N D E P E N D E N T R E S TA U R A N T S The Whole Package Thanks to a diverse menu and stunning waterfront locations, Salty’s Seafood Grills has become an award-winning destination in Washington and Oregon. By Eric Slack Photo Credit: © Richard A. Huston: HGI / Salty's Seafood Group >> Salty’s Seafood Grills concentrates on providing guests with high-quality seafood, and has taken a stand by using 95 percent sustainable products and ecofriendly ingredients. A Salty’s Seafood Grills t Salty’s Seafood Grills, success is defined by offering world-class seafood, steaks, service and smiles. Through a combination of quality food, location and high-touch service, the Pacific Northwest restaurants have become regional landmarks. The Salty’s experience is known for quality and variety. From crab, lobster and salmon to halibut, oysters and clams, Salty’s offers in-season seafood renowned for its freshness and the expertise of its preparation. Beyond seafood, Salty’s reputation is bolstered by steak, chicken, pasta, sandwiches, soup, salad and an award-winning Sunday brunch. company profile Revenue: $22 million Headquarters: Seattle Employees: 250-450 (seasonal) Specialties: Seafood and steaks Gerry Kingen, founder, president and CEO: “[Our] menu, our décor and our total experience gives our guests [what] they are looking for.” Striving to be Different All Salty’s are situated on picturesque waterfronts – on Seattle’s Alki Beach, on Redondo Beach in Des Moines, Wash., and in Portland, Ore., on the Columbia River. The locations and layouts of the facilities serve as another drawing card, along with the quality of the food. Leading Salty’s is Gerry Kingen, who is the founder, president and CEO of Happy Guests International, Salty’s parent company. Salty’s isn’t Kingen’s only experience with developing successful restaurant concepts. Among his many pursuits in the dining industry, Kingen purchased the original Red Robin in 1969 and grew the Red Robin chain before franchising it in 1979. As for Salty’s, Kingen opened the first in Portland in 1980, following that with the Redondo Beach location in 1981 and the Alki Beach location in 1985. “Physically, all three locations are different,” Kingen says. “But they are all in unique waterfront locations with great views where people can escape lives daily pressures.” When building its menu and sourcing ingredients, Salty’s approach is to achieve a balance between seasonal specialties and regular staples. In addition, creating a diverse menu means the options appeal to a range of consumer palates and wallets. 196 food and drink • fall/winter 2012 •

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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012
Tableside Chat
NYC Wine & Food Festival
Going Global
Beverage Focus
Caribou Coffee
Scooter’s Coffee & Yogurt
Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen
Distributors: Food Law
Progressive Gourmet
Rocky Mountain Natural Meats
Seattle Fish Company of New Mexico
Blue Mountain Growers
Dandrea Produce and Wines
Dorr Lobster
Gary’s Seafood and Specialties
Pohl Food Service Inc.
Supply America
Victoria Fine Foods
Bernatello’s Pizza Inc.
Best Mexican Foods
C.F. Gollott & Son
Clipper Seafoods Ltd.
Mountain Foods Products
Siedhoff Distributing
Sterling Pacific Meat
Producers: Business Strategies
Carib Brewery
Heroes Vodka
Mountain Pure Beverage Co.
Deli Express/E.A. Sween Co.
Family Fresh Pack
Haring Catfish Enterprises
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Demerara Distillers
Walker & Sons Inc. – Slap Ya Mama
DRY Soda Co.
Good Time Beverages
Greencore USA
Jaindl Turkey Farms
McCall Farms
Nuovo Pasta Productions
Brewery Ommegang
R.L. Schreiber
Venus Wafers Inc.
Casper’s Ice Cream
Restaurants: Smart Marketing
Extreme Pizza
Buffalo Wings & Rings
Fatburger North America Inc.
Famous Famiglia
Francesca’s Restaurants Inc.
Aurelio’s Pizza
Yoshinoya America
Crepe Delicious
FREEB!RDS World Burrito
Razzoo’s Cajun Café
Independent Restaurants
Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant
The Alicart Restaurant Group
The Optimist
The Olive Tree Italian Restaurant
The Epicurean Group
Salty’s Seafood Grills
Retailers: Shopper Marketing
Weigel’s Inc.
Royal Buying Group
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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012