The last day of restaurant service at Deep Blue, which was opened in 2016 by owner Busola “Bee” and her husband John Mittleider, is Nov. 2.
That day will include a shrimp and lobster “steam” event, John Mittleider said Wednesday, Oct. 9
The first public notice came in a Facebook post on Deep Blue’s page on Monday, Oct. 7.
“Effective November 3rd, we will be phasing out our restaurant service. We would like to use this opportunity to thank everyone for their ongoing support,” the Facebook post said.
“Over the last three years we have explored various ways to introduce fresh seafood to Fargo. Some worked great, some not so great but we sure made many memories along the way.
“We are excited to move forward with our dream of growing Deep Blue Seafood with catering options for businesses, parties and private events.
“We currently offer seafood classes at Square one Kitchen Rental with additional classes coming to Deep Blue Seafood soon to further our goal of educating people in seafood preparation.
“Our seafood market hours will remain unchanged. We will be expanding the market to offer our house-made breading, sauces and seasonings plus many more options,” the post said.
Deep Blue Seafood restaurant and fish market owners John and Busola Mittleider as they appeared just before the south Fargo shop’s grand opening in July 2016. The couple have decided to keep the market, but close the restaurant and instead focus on catering. (Forum File Photo)
The tiny restaurant – it seats about 24 – is tucked into the corner of a strip mall just south of Interstate 94 and east of 45th Street South at 4480 23rd Ave. S.
With 12 tables, the restaurant didn’t generate a lot of traffic, John Mittleider said.
The main focus “was the market, and always has been,” Mittleider said. “We were hoping from the start to get into catering and events, that’s been our goal.”
Bee had been “running the entire kitchen for the last seven months or so,” Mittleider said. “Her time was being used up from early morning to early evening,” he said.
Mittleider said they plan to stick with the Deep Blue name for the catering business.
“I feel we have some decent name recognition,” he said.
He said the catering efforts will initially be focused on serving business functions and lunches.
For best seafood from Europe, Visit our website at https://www.knoldseafood.com