H. Salt Esquire

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H. Salt Esquire
H. Salt, Esq. Authentic English Fish and Chips
FormerlySalt's Fish & Chips
TypeFast food restaurant
Founded1965; 56 years ago (1965) in Sausalito, California, United States
FounderHaddon Salt
Number of locations
10 (2020)
Area served

H. Salt Esquire is a Monterey Park, California-based fast food restaurant chain which specializes in fish and chips. The chain joined with KFC in 1969 to expand its operations throughout the United States.[1][2]


Haddon Salt, originally of Skegness, England, opened Salt's Fish & Chips in Sausalito, California in 1965.[3] An advertising firm later recommended the name be changed to the more British sounding H. Salt, Esq. Authentic English Fish and Chips.[4]

KFC entered a joint venture with H. Salt in 1969.[5] It sold off the chain in 1980.[6]

H. Salt today[edit]

As of 2020 there were seven franchise locations throughout Southern California.[7] An additional three Northern Californian locations were located in Sacramento, Richmond and San Jose.

While there were once 50 to 60 locations in the Toronto area, all that remains in Canada today are two seasonal outlets that operate for 18 days a year at the Food Building during the Canadian National Exhibition.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "California". Los Angeles Times. 4 November 1969. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  2. ^ Food franchisers' merry-go-round. Business Week. 1970. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Haddon Salt's Big Fish Fry". The Rotarian. 117 (5): 49. November 1970.
  4. ^ "About H. Salt". H. Salt of Southern California. Archived from the original on 2020-07-25.[promotional source?]
  5. ^ "Kentucky Fried Chicken Agrees to Joint Venture For Fish-Chips Outlets". The Wall Street Journal. 15 October 1969. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  6. ^ "They take chicken seriously". Milwaukee Journal. 15 March 1980. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Locations". H. Salt of Southern California. Archived from the original on 2020-08-03.[promotional source?]
  8. ^ Taylor, Bill (August 13, 2009). "Tasty traditions at The Ex". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 30 August 2013.

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