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Happy Birthday to Ivar; $1.05 food specials Tuesday

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on March 22, 2010 at 2:24 pm | 1 Comment »
March 23, 2010 7:23 am

Tomorrow would have been the 105th birthday for Ivar Haglund, the founder of the Ivar’s restaurant chain, and iconic Seattle character. To celebrate, the Northwest restaurant chain is offering a buy one, get the second entree for $1.05 tomorrow, March 23. Click more for South Sound locations for the fish and chips restaurants and to read the press release about the deal tomorrow (and, please note, to get the deal, it appears you have to wish Ivar a happy birthday).

South Sound Ivar’s locations:
Lakewood: 10114 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma
Tacoma Mall: 4502 S. Steele #691, Tacoma
James Center: 1820 South Mildred, Tacoma
Federal Way: 2004 S. 320th St., Federal Way
For more information, click here.

From the release:
SEATTLE—March 22, 2009—When each birthday anniversary of Ivar’s “flounder” Ivar Haglund rolls around, the customers are the ones who reap the benefits! This March 23 is no exception. Utter three simple magic words, “Happy Birthday, Ivar” and with one entrée purchased at any Ivar’s seafood restaurant (excluding stadium locations), your second entrée of equal or lesser value will cost just 105 cents. Net this birthday bounty all day long at any Ivar’s location including Ivar’s Seafood Bars (excludes stadium locations), Ivar’s Acres of Clams, Ivar’s Salmon House and Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing.
About Ivar Haglund
Ivar Johan Haglund was born to Swedish and Norwegian parents, Johan Ivar and Daisey Maud, in West Seattle in 1905. Performing came naturally to Ivar, and he was soon entertaining family friends by playing guitar and singing tenor. In adulthood, Haglund took his knack for entertaining and folk songs to the Seattle waterfront and opened Seattle’s first aquarium in 1938. His first fish stand was an extension of his aquarium, giving hungry visitors a place to dine. Since then, he created a legacy of quality seafood restaurants throughout the Northwest, with chowders and sauces sold as far away as Mexico and Japan.
Always devising new attention-getting capers, Ivar staged a number of infamous pranks in his time, from octopus wrestling to clam eating contests on the Seattle waterfront. He masterminded numerous stunts as well, including: the infamous syrup spill and pancake feed on the rail tracks adjacent to Pier 54; strolling to Frederick and Nelson’s department store with Patsy the seal from the aquarium; and creating a Clam Stamp that US Postal Inspectors didn’t think so humorous. Haglund was a regular on KJR and KIRO radio stations, as well as the JP Patches children’s television program. Ivar passed away in 1985, just shy of his 80th birthday, but his Northwest dining legacy lives on in his beloved recipes and seafood restaurants.
About Ivar’s Seafood Restaurants
Ivar’s Seafood Restaurants began on Seattle’s waterfront in 1938. Today, there are 23 Ivar’s fast casual Seafood Bars, three walk-up Fish Bars, and three full service restaurants: Ivar’s Acres of Clams, Ivar’s Salmon House and Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing. Ivar’s Seafood, Soup and Sauce Company markets and sells its award-winning soups, chowders and sauces both nationally and internationally. The company also operates 20 regional stadium concessions including Safeco Field, Qwest Field, Husky Stadium and the Comcast Arena at Everett. Learn more at

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