H. Salt Esquire

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H. Salt Esquire
H. Salt, Esq. Authentic English Fish and Chips
Salt's Fish & Chips
Fast food restaurant
Founded1965; 55 years ago (1965) in Sausalito, California, United States
FounderHaddon Salt
Number of locations
11 (2019)
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]


H. Salt Esq was first opened in California in 1965 under the name Salt's Fish & Chips and was founded by Haddon Salt.[3] The H. Salt Esq. website gives the following historical background of the company:

Haddon Salt operated his fish and chips store in Skegness, in the northeastern corner of England, as his father had before him. Americans passing through were taken by the taste of Salt's "non-greasy" fish & chips. Persuaded by the American enthusiasm for his fish, he and his wife Grace came to the United States and opened their first shop in Sausalito, California, under the name of "Salt's Fish & Chips." The year was 1965. Although the shops were successful, the name Salt's Fish & Chips was not right. When Haddon consulted an advertising firm, it was suggested that he use the initial of his first name and add "Esq." for an English touch. The name of the new operation became "H. Salt, Esq. Authentic English Fish and Chips."[1]

KFC entered a joint venture with H. Salt in 1969.[4] It sold off the chain in 1980.[5]

H. Salt today[edit]

Currently there are 11 independently owned franchise locations throughout southern California.[2] Only two are located in Northern California, in the city of Richmond and San Jose.

While there were once 50 or 60 locations in the Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 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.[6]

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. November 1970. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Kentucky Fried Chicken Agrees to Joint Venture For Fish-Chips Outlets". The Wall Street Journal. 15 October 1969. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  5. ^ "They take chicken seriously". Milwaukee Journal. 15 March 1980. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  6. ^ Taylor, Bill (August 13, 2009). "Tasty traditions at The Ex". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 30 August 2013.

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