LEGAL SEAFOODS HAD NO FRILLS, BUT THEY LOVED IT
For some, Legal Seafoods at Inman Square was the type of place to show out-of-towners the "real Cambridge." It was reminiscent of another time with its tanks full of live lobsters, sawdust on the floor downstairs and a bustling fish market right in the middle of everything….
The fire that destroyed the restaurant early yesterday also destroyed the charm that was Legal Seafoods at 237 Hampshire St. and many will miss it. It was undetermined how it started, but within 20 minutes, the fire within the two-story building was uncontrollable. Damage was estimated at $150,000….
Last night at a private gathering at the new downtown Boston restaurant, several people spoke of the fire in Cambridge… .
Many of the women attending last night's party wore furs that looked like they had not been bought in second-hand stores. Clients to Legal Sea Foods in Cambridge leaned more toward down jackets and ratty furs.
Harold Schectman, a Fitchburg physician, alluded to that, and to the fact that the Park Plaza restaurant will have separate tables:
"The other place was where you could get good food. People were grouped together. Here you get a certain type of privacy, you're catering to a whole different type of people," he said….
Legal Seafoods was well-known outside of Boston. [Owner] George Berkowitz said he would regularly send actress Carol Channing fresh fish. "She had to have three ounces every couple of hours. When she was traveling, for years, we would supply her with it."
Boston Globe, January 17, 1980