Bobby and Becky Allman from Galloway went to Frank’s Fish & Seafood Market II on Hilliard-Rome Road on September 3 to purchase several pounds of crab and shrimp to boil over the Labor Day weekend at a rally in Zanesville.
“I saw (the market) passing by several times last week and had planned to come back and buy what I needed,” said Bobby Allman.
But on the recommendation of Market Manager Kelly Miller, they added another item to their purchase: Alligator Sausage.
Alligator sausage and meat from duck, rabbit, pheasant and turtle are some of the most exotic dishes available at the new 8,000 square foot Frank’s Fish & Seafood Market II which opened in August at 2410 Hilliard -Rome Road in Columbus, just south of Hilliard.
“(The new location) offers a larger inventory and a greater selection to our customers,” said owner Frank Gonzalez.
This is the second location for Gonzalez, who opened the first Frank’s Fish & Seafood Market, nearby at 5251 Trabue Road in Columbus, about 20 years ago.
The 4,000 square foot market is now designated with an “I” to differentiate itself from the new store.
About eight years after the first market opened, Frank’s Fish and Seafood Carryout, 5249 Trabue Road, opened there, providing limited seating for customers to order food and eat there.
The market and take out will continue to operate on Trabue Road.
Gonzalez, 59, said he invested around $ 1 million to buy the old Mosley Meats building at 2410 Hilliard-Rome Road, empty the interior, then renovate and equip it to open under the name of Frank’s Fish & Seafood Market II.
The biggest sellers in the market remain popular seafood, such as tilapia, salmon, cod and swordfish, Gonzalez said.
But the market also sells “exotic” meats, he said.
The market sells the same types of fish and seafood that are served in some of the best restaurants in Columbus and Ohio, said Gonzales, who founded Columbus Fish and Seafood Wholesale about 30 years ago.
The wholesale business first operated at the Valleyview Commerce Center before moving to Trabue Road.
After moving to Trabue Road, Gonzalez said, it was not uncommon for people to knock on the door and ask to buy fish.
It has happened quite often that Gonzalez has opened up part of the market as a retail store in addition to the wholesale operations he continues today.
Columbus Fish and Seafood Wholesale supplies fish and seafood to about 250 restaurants and stores within a 75-mile radius of central Ohio, Gonzalez said.
Three trucks make deliveries in central Ohio five days a week, and two other trucks make deliveries to other parts of Ohio and northern Kentucky, Gonzalez said.
The wholesale and retail operations generate multi-million dollar annual sales, he said, and have grown from an operation he started at a garage in Columbus, in. building on the experience he gained when he started working at a family friend’s seafood store in Youngstown. in 1978.
The new market also offers a wide selection of wines from Heidelberg Distributing Co. in a variety of price ranges, Gonzalez said.
Frank’s Fish & Seafood Market II is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.