Legal Sea Foods is a Boston-based seafood restaurant chain, with locations primarily in New England and the Northeast. There are also a few locations around Washington, DC, three in South Florida, and one in Atlanta, GA.
It was founded in 1904 by Harry Berkowitz, who opened a "cash market" which became his son George's "legal sea foods" fish market in theInman Square area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. After obtaining the fish market from his father, George later on decided to expand the market in to a restaurant. With the help of his two sons, Marc and Roger, they opened up two other restaurants, one in Chestnut Hill and the other in the Park Plaza. During this period, George's middle son Marc ran the Chestnut Hill restaurant which was raking in $13 million in 1986-87, making it one of the highest-grossing restaurants in the United States. While the seafood empire was on the rise, there were ill-feelings stirring beneath the surface of the Berkowitz family. After George appointed the eldest son Roger to the position of president and CEO of Legal Seafoods, Marc was forced to take a position as the head of one of Legal Seafoods experimental side projects, and was no sooner forced out of the company. This force out led to a suit filed by Marc against the family and the business. After reaching a settlement before trial, Marc's name was erased from the company history as seen on the timeline on the restaurant placemats.