The restaurant/bar opened in 2004 by Sara Williams and Jason Connolly, who both worked as bartenders at iconic New York hotspots Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom.
It was named for one of the previous tenants - an 1885 smokehouse named "Fresh, Salt, and Smoked Fish." A faded advertisement for the historic business can still be seen on the restaurant's facade.
When Fresh Salt first opened, the Fulton Fish Market was still located across the street and the majority of the bar's patrons were fish hawkers who were hungry and thirsty at the end of their shift - around 8am. So Fresh Salt offered an early morning Happy Hour to cater to the market workers.
The restaurant has become such a hit that Sara has just recently opened a second restaurant in Brooklyn. The Saint Catherine debuted two weeks ago on Washington Avenue on the corner of Bergen Street in the Prospect Heights/Crown Heights neighborhood. The bar is officially open and you can look for a food menu in the coming weeks.
While Fresh Salt was lucky enough to re-open, many other businesses and residential buildings in this area have not. The neighborhood has definitely been quieter since the storm and what the Seaport area needs most right now is traffic and customers. It's still a beautiful, hidden little neighborhood that has a wealth of history, culture, and food to offer.