Last summer's news of the Central District's Catfish Corner shuttering after almost three decades was a major blow to the city's soul. Marcus Lalario's Fat's Fried Chicken and Waffles is now slated to open in the space, promising to maintain the Catfish spirit, and (Ms.) Helen Coleman is also coming out of retirement to open Ms. Helen's Soul Food Bistro in the neighborhood this fall, but the Catfish wound remains.
But now, some light: Terrell Jackson, grandson of the original owners of Catfish Corner, has started selling his family's renowned catfish, hush puppies, sweet tea, and more from a tent near the Rainier Beach Link station.
Per Seattle Globalist : "Under the new name 'Jackson's Catfish Corner,' Jackson [who grew up at the restaurant, washing dishes and greeting regulars] is attempting to breathe new life into the historic family business. ‘It was my responsibility to bring it back,' he says ... Jubilant, he described the success of his past few weeks in business with 'the original crew' (his mom, brother, wife, and others), and hopes of opening a brick and mortar store in south end, near the light rail."
The Globalist says that Jackson's family sold Catfish Corner in 2000, and Capitol Hill Seattle reported that the second owners were forced to close last August after owing thousands in state taxes and rent. Jackson's Catfish Corner tent is now open at 4348 South Henderson every day but Monday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. or until they sell out. Find updates on the business's Facebook page.