Pittsburgh bids farewell to Benkovitz Seafoods

As first reported on PG Plate yesterday, Benkovitz Seafoods in Pittsburgh's Strip District has closed after almost a century in business.

The fish market opened on Centre Street in 1916 by Joseph and brothers Reuben and Morris Benkovitz under the name "Live Fish."

Eventually, Live Fish was renamed Benkovitz Seafoods. In the late 1960s, the business relocated to the Strip and built additions to include a restaurant and catering operation. Benkovitz supplied restaurants and diners with yellow pike, white fish, sea bass and croaker among other things. Joseph's son Bernard took over the helm.

Share your memories of Benkovitz Seafoods in the comments section below. Was it your go-to place for fish? Where will you shop for fresh seafood now?

In tomorrow's Magazine: The Post-Gazette Food section's annual Fish Issue, with articles on seafood from Chile, a new British chips and pie shop on the South Side, and all about Pittsburgh fish fry locations.


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