Industry News | March 17, 2008

Ivar's Celebrates 103rd Birthday of Founder

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What can $1.03 get you these days, maybe a fourth of a gallon of premium unleaded gas? At Ivar’s Seafood Restaurants and Fish Bars, on March 20, $1.03 has some clout.

The birthday of Ivar Haglund, late founder of Ivar’s Seafood Restaurants, is coming Thursday, March 20. To celebrate Ivar’s 103rd birthday, the festivities carry on all day with an offer of a 103-cent cup of chowder (choose from white, red, or smoked salmon), available at all Ivar’s Acres of Clams, Ivar’s Salmon House, Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing, Ivar's Seafood Bars and Ivar's Fish Bars (excludes stadium locations).

Ivar Johan Haglund was born to Swedish and Norwegian parents, Johan Ivar and Daisey Maud, in West Seattle in 1905. Tragically, Ivar’s mother died before he was three years old. Performing came naturally to Ivar, and he was soon entertaining his father’s friends by playing guitar and singing tenor. In adulthood, Haglund took his knack for entertaining and folk songs to the Seattle waterfront and opened an aquarium in 1938. His first fish stand was an extension of his aquarium for visitors to have a place to dine. Since then he created a legacy of quality seafood restaurants throughout the Northwest.

Today, there are 24 Ivar's fast casual Seafood Bars, three Fish Bars, and three full-service restaurants: Ivar's Acres of Clams, Ivar's Salmon House and Ivar's Mukilteo Landing. Ivar's Soup and Sauce Company markets and sells its award-winning soups, chowders and sauces both nationally and internationally. The company also operates 20 regional stadium concessions including Safeco Field, Qwest Field, Husky Stadium and the Comcast Events Center. Learn more at www.Ivars.net.