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Ivar's fights back after Seattle airport kicks it out

Ivar's launches campaign seeking to stay at Sea-Tac, saying 'there's something very fishy here.'

Ivar's Fish Bar at Sea-Tac Airport is closing shop after more than a decade.

"After 12 great years at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), we’re shocked and saddened the Port of Seattle won't be renewing our lease and we're not going to keep clam about it," said the company Thursday on Facebook. "We're asking you -- our loyal customers and fans -- to visit KeepIvars.com and tell the Port you want Ivar's to remain at Sea-Tac Airport."

Ivar's President Bib Donegan said the company is disappointed after serving more than 3 million customers and paying Port of Seattle more than $5 million (€11.6 million) in rent over the 12 years, according to King 5 News.

"When our customers discover that Ivar's won't be in the airport after January 2018, they're going to be angry," he said, according to the news site. "There's something very fishy here, and I don't mean in a good way."

Sea-Tac said Ivar's was not the highest in the competitive bid process for the lease and will be replaced by Lucky Louie Alaska Seafood Shack. 

It added Ivar's can move to another open spot in the airport, according to the news site.

Ivar's recently received recognition and has been featured on Anthony Bourdain's The Layover on the Travel Channel.

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