Skippers was founded by Herb Rosen in Bellevue, Washington, in 1969, at which time Skippers began serving fried fish, shrimp, and clams as well as chowders. The corporate headquarters was eventually moved to Edmonds where it stayed for many years until moving to SeaTac shortly before the company was dissolved in 2007.
Skippers initially experienced rapid growth as new restaurants were opened in several
Western States and British Columbia, Canada. In 1989, Kansas-based
National Pizza Company purchased Skippers, Inc., closing some
restaurants.National Pizza Company operated Skippers until 1995,
when it was purchased by Meridian Capital and from 1995
through 2002, the Skippers management team introduced a line of
grilled entrees, including grilled wild caught salmon,
halibut, and chicken.
In late 2002, Skippers was purchased by a group of Pacific Northwest investors although this venture was short lived.
New logos and new products were introduced in the spring of 2003, and again in 2007. As of 2007,
there were Skippers stores operating in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
On December 12, 2006, Skippers, Inc., filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. Court in
Seattle in an organizational restructuring. The restructuring failed, and Skippers, Inc.,
was liquidated on June 29, 2007. Of the 58 stores remaining after Skippers
initially filed for bankruptcy, fewer than 20 were sold to various individuals
and corporate interests through limited license agreements.
When the sales of individual units and closures were finalized,
Skippers, Inc., ceased to exist as a corporation.
Following the bankruptcy liquidation, individual Skippers restaurants resumed
business under private ownership as non exclusive licensees. Starway Restaurants, LLC. acquired the brand name and license years later.
On July 1, 2007 D and Dee Enterprises LLC took over the restaurant in
The Dalles, Oregon. The owners have over 35 years experience in the
restaurant industry between them. 30 of those years were working for the
The current licensees, many of which are long time Skippers operators are committed to their customers, serving the best quality seafood, at the best affordable price. Skippers' serves THE BEST seafood and quality product anywhere in the PACIFIC NORTHWEST!!