Legal Sea Foods Launches Fight to Save More than 50 Jobs at National Airport Restaurant
"If it's not transparent, it's not legal."
"We want to stay and continue to build on the success we've enjoyed at National Airport for the past 12 years," said Legal Sea Foods President and CEO
Legal Sea Foods has endured more that 15 months of negotiations with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA). During the lease negotiations, Legal Sea Foods had agreed to expand its restaurant footprint, spend up to
The discussions were broken off by MWAA when Legal Sea Foods wouldn't meet its demand that the restaurant close completely in
"Legal's is a highly successful owner-operated restaurant at National Airport," Berkowitz added. "We have 5 restaurants in the DC area and we are very committed to staying and expanding at National. Despite challenging economic conditions including more dining options at National and a decrease in enplanements, we agreed to invest in the restaurant with a renovation and expansion plan. "
Legal Sea Foods filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of
"Something smells fishy and we are going to fight to get to the bottom of it," Berkowitz said.
"We are one of the top revenue generators at the airport and we want to stay. It simply makes no sense to replace a long term tenant like Legal Sea Foods and our track record of success with a concession that has no history at National Airport. We believe the process was unfair and probably illegal and we have filed suit to stay and keep over 50 jobs we have at the airport restaurant," said Berkowitz.
For over 50 years, Legal Sea Foods Inc. has set the standard for quality and freshness in the seafood and restaurant business. With more than 30 restaurants up and down the East Coast, Legal Sea Foods has earned scores of honors and awards;
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