Don & Joan Leak first met in the 1970’s at the Jersey shore, while still in their teens. They fell in love, got married young, and followed their dreams of a Jimmy Buffett lifestyle all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. At ages 28 and 25, they bought the 5-year old fish market called Mid Peninsula Seafood (quite a mouthful!). While they raised their two beautiful daughters, the seafood business grew and expanded into a sit-down restaurant at 40th Street and Central Ave in St. Pete. Eventually they outgrew that location and in 1992 they bought their own building—15 blocks away.
Would their friends and customers follow them that far? The answer was a resounding YES! They quickly doubled their staff to keep up with demand, hiring exclusively from the local neighborhood. At last count over 300 young people have come up through the ranks! Today, after more than 35 years of service, they can still be found behind the counter most days, growing the restaurant and welcoming customers. Their two daughters are now happily married (“off the payroll” as dad likes to say), and Don & Joan are now welcoming grandchildren into their lives. They hope to make your visit a memorable one, and that you come back again and again to enjoy a simple but excellent seafood experience, one that just isn’t available anyplace else!