Fins Market & Grill, a beloved Fair Oaks institution for more than two decades, is closing its original restaurant Sunday.
“My lease was over,” explained owner Ed Jayousi. “We’ve been in that same spot for 24 years. My lease was up Nov. 30 of last year. ... Unfortunately, we couldn’t come up with a new agreement.”
At the corner of Madison and Kenneth avenues, Fins’ Fair Oaks building needs renovations and it made more sense to move out than to stay put, Jayousi said.
“This was not a financial decision; business has been very good,” he said, adding that another Fair Oaks location may be possible. “We’ll just take our time and if something opens up, we can move fast.”
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According to Jayousi, Fins will retain its two other restaurant/market combinations, in Sacramento (2610 Fair Oaks Blvd.) and Roseville (8680 Sierra College Blvd.). The 14 employees who work at the Fair Oaks location will be absorbed by the two sister restaurants.
“It’s a sad decision for us; this is our original location and we’ve been here a long, long time,” he added. “But the Fair Oaks store is centrally located between our two other stores. It’s 10 minutes away from Roseville, 15 from Sacramento.”
Some longtime customers of the popular seafood house and fresh fish market expressed dismay that an old favorite will be closing on Valentine’s Day weekend.
“Those of us who eat here a couple of times a month – because the food and employees are wonderful – were distressed to learn of this closure,” said Nora Schwab of Fair Oaks. “My husband and I have loved coming to this (Fins location) for the last 20 years because it’s so convenient.”
Jayousi recently put notes on menus at his Fair Oaks restaurant to let customers know of the impending closure. Through Sunday, patrons will receive coupons for use at the other Fins locations.
“Obviously, a lot of customers have been saddened by this news,” he said. “They’re sympathetic to our situation. Every single one says they’ll come see us in Roseville or Sacramento.”
Call The Bee’s Debbie Arrington, (916) 321-1075. Follow her on Twitter @debarrington.