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Posted at 3:07 PM ET, 08/14/2009

BlackSalt Is Losing A Great Catch

By Tom Sietsema

Scott Weinstein, the friendly fishmonger at BlackSalt, will leave his post this fall. (Charma Le Edmonds)

Attention, shoppers: The city's top fishmonger is leaving his iced display case in the Palisades. BlackSalt's Scott Weinstein -- the gangly dude behind the retail counter in the front of the seafood restaurant -- says he'll be leaving the job at the end of October.

He and his boss, restaurateur Jeff Black, are parting on good terms, and Weinstein, 30, says he wants to leave the five-year-old gig while he's still having fun. That said, "I'm definitely going to do my own thing," the chef tells me, "and it will definitely be seafood-oriented." A Bethesda native, the fishmonger hopes to remain in the area, too.

When Weinstein started at the restaurant, he peppered Black with queries. "Now, he's so good," reports Black, "I ask him the fish questions." During Weinstein's tenure, it seemed he could locate all kinds of obscure watery ingredients, from rose fish to live abalone, and he brought them to BlackSalt. Weinstein even began sourcing fish and seafood for wholesalers in the area.

"He's a fixture" at BlackSalt, says Black. "He'll be tough to replace."

The search is now on for a fresh face. Since Weinstein's replacement will be dealing with shoppers, Black says he's looking for someone with "a cooking background and a Type-A personality." One of the perks of the day job: "No nights."

-- Tom Sietsema

By Tom Sietsema  | August 14, 2009; 3:07 PM ET
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