After 35 years as SM Pier Seafood, Yunnie Kim Morena took the helm of the Pier mainstay which her parents had opened in 1977 upon emigrating to the U.S. from Korea. Yunnie and her husband, Greg Morena, modernized and streamlined the look while preserving the restaurant’s original atmosphere and character. The relaxed seaside setting is a perfect compliment to the delicious menu that reflects a commitment to sustainably caught seafood, locally sourced ingredients, as well as an extensive craft beer and California wine program.
The Morenas and their team at The Albright have been trailblazers in sustainability and greening efforts. Recognized as the first sustainable business on the Pier and awarded the 2016 SQA Award winners, The Albright faithfully follows the triple bottom line framework and aims to help create a green movement across all businesses on the Pier. They believe running sustainable businesses that also support other local businesses and vendors, will engender a sense of respect and social responsibility from the Santa Monica community.
Greg and Yunnie also own and operate a variety of restaurants and catering concepts under their restaurant group EST. 1977, paying homage to the family business legacy that began in 1977.