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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants NASDAQ: MSSR is a publicly traded American seafood restaurant and catering chain, based in Portland, Oregon, USA with 87 locations under various names in the United States and six in Canada. The company dates its roots back to the 1970s, with Bill McCormick's purchase of Jake's Famous Crawfish Restaurant, a 100-plus year-old restaurant in Portland, Oregon. McCormick hired Douglas Schmick for management, and the two formed Traditional Concepts in 1974, the precursor to the McCormick & Schmick's restaurants.The original McCormick & Schmick's restaurant was opened in 1979 in Portland. As of 2009, there are almost 100 restaurants and catering locations in the United States and Canada. They specialize in fresh seafood, though they also serve steaks from the same wholesale supplier used at Morton's Restaurant Group steakhouses.