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The History of Joey’s Fish Shack: From Calgary Locals to National Favorites

Discover the captivating journey of Joey’s Fish Shack, a beloved seafood destination that started as a dream in Calgary in 1985. Follow along as we explore how this family-owned restaurant grew from a single location to a thriving national chain, leaving a lasting mark on Canada’s culinary landscape.

The Early Years:

In 1985, Joe and Theresa Klassen opened the doors to the first Joey’s seafood restaurant in Calgary. Their vision? To offer fresh, quality seafood in a welcoming atmosphere. Calgary’s burgeoning food scene provided the perfect backdrop for their venture, and soon Joey’s became a local favorite known for its delicious meals and friendly service.

Expansion Across Canada:

Joey’s Seafood’s popularity soared, leading to expansion across the country in 1991. With each new location, the brand’s commitment to excellence and culinary innovation shone through, earning it a loyal following from coast to coast. By 2001, Joey’s had over 100 locations nationwide, solidifying its status as a household name in Canada’s dining scene.

The Birth of Joey’s Fish Shack:

In 2020, Joey’s took its commitment to seafood to the next level with the launch of Joey’s Fish Shack. This new concept offered a fresh, modern take on seafood dining, capturing the hearts and appetites of patrons across the country. With a renewed focus on quality and innovation, Joey’s Fish Shack quickly became a go-to destination for seafood enthusiasts.

Innovative Dual-Location Concept:

In 2021, Joey’s made waves with the introduction of its first dual-location concept, combining Joey’s Fish Shack with its sister company, Streats, under one roof. This innovative approach allowed guests to enjoy a diverse array of flavors in one convenient setting, further cementing Joey’s reputation as a trailblazer in the industry.

Rebranding and Renovation:

Today, Joey’s Fish Shack is on a mission to redefine the dining experience. With the support of Heritage Construction LTD, the brand is undergoing a complete renovation, bringing a fresh new look to its locations. This commitment to quality and innovation reflects Joey’s dedication to providing an unforgettable dining experience for guests across Canada.


From its humble beginnings in Calgary to its nationwide presence today, Joey’s Fish Shack has become more than just a restaurant—it’s a culinary institution woven into the fabric of Canadian culture. With a rich history of excellence and a commitment to innovation, Joey’s Fish Shack continues to delight seafood lovers and create cherished memories for years to come.