Share Your Memories: Johnsen’s Sea Foods Leaves Home of Nearly 70 Years

The Winnetka store, which moved to Elm Street in 1945, has shut its doors and plans to sell its fish from Lakeside Foods, which is across the street.

A beloved Winnetka institution, known for its old-fashioned interior, has switched up its method of business recently. Rather than selling fish out of its storefront, is now selling fish through nearby Lakeside Foods, a grocery store also in Elm Street.

While there have been bids for the ice equipment, the owners said the cash register will probably go home with them, as the Winnetka Talk reports.

Do you have any memories of the local business? Share them in the comments section below!

J. Weinberg April 19, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I remember my Grandmother buying the makings for gefilte fish in the early 70's. The look of the store never changed. It is sad to see another of our institutions like Porter's electric fade into mere memories.
Carrie Porter April 19, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Do you have any favorite memories of the local business?
Joni Johnson April 19, 2012 at 10:41 PM
I have been eating Johnsen's fish since I was a teen. I have been a regular customer since moving back to Winnetka to raise my my own family. I was upset when I first saw the sign in the window, but am so glad they are just moving across the street, to another beloved local institution. I loved talking about the Bears with the proprietor, the Word of the Day dcalendar, the cuckoo clocks (they always made me jump!), and the photos of the pugs.


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