In 1997 Ryan got a call from one of his oldest friends, Mike West. He was a restaurateur in Eugene and had been a longtime customer of the Fisherman’s Market. Mike had learned that the Market was for sale, and knew Ryan might be looking for a new winter job. At the time Ryan had been crab fishing in the Bering Sea during the winter months, and had recently become a dad. Those two things aren’t really compatible, so he thought they should buy it together, and somehow it worked out that they did.