High School Junior Lives Up to Local Restaurant’s Mission

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014
Celebrating a birthday at the Original Oyster House on the Mobile Causeway are from left Peter Ochinko and his son Zach. David Eves, who cleared their table that evening found an envelope of their vacation cash, over $1600, and turned it in.

Exceeding customers’ expectations is the Original Oyster House (OOH) mission. Peter Ochinko and his family saw the mission in action when they mistakenly left over $1600 in cash at the restaurant on a table. David Eves, a busser at the restaurant and a junior at McGill Toolen Catholic High School, turned in the wad of cash knowing the customers would be missing it.

The Ochinko family was traveling from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Tampa, Florida for spring break and stopped at the Original Oyster House to celebrate the father’s birthday. That evening they stayed at a local hotel.

“It wasn’t until we were on the road the next day, did we realize no one had the envelope of money. We planned on using the money for our spring break trip and backtracked to when we had it last. When I finally called the restaurant and asked if they found an envelope full of money, I was in awe when they shared the busser, David Eves had turned it in,” recounted Ochinko.

“You feel a great sense of pride when a young man does the right thing. It is what we should all do but still I don’t take his honesty for granted. I have three sons and felt incredibly grateful for my sons to witness how a young man’s honesty impacts others. I haven’t spoken to David yet but plan on thanking him personally,” shared Ochinko.

Ochinko also plans to reward Eves. It turned out to be a great and memorable birthday.

The Original Oyster House has become the “must-go-to” place for great fresh Gulf seafood, service and southern hospitality and for its panoramic waterfront sunsets. A top-spot for hand-shucked and fire-grilled oysters (Causeway Location), the Original Oyster House has also become legendary for its homemade gumbo, cheesy grits with blackened shrimp as well as handcrafted desserts including its famous peanut butter chocolate chip pie. Patrons, employees and children are welcomed as family. Known as an employer of choice, Original Oyster House has long-time, loyal employees who value family, integrity and great service. Consistently earning high marks in customer satisfaction, Original Oyster House’s mission is to exceed customer’s expectations and to give back to the community.

The Original Oyster House has two locations, Mobile: 3733 Battleship Parkway, on the Causeway and Gulf Shores: 701 Hwy 59 on the Original Oyster House Boardwalk. Both locations offer spectacular waterfront views, private party rooms and have been celebrated as the area’s finest family restaurants for the past 30 years. The Original Oyster House is managed by Superb Foods, a management company of Geez Louise Boutique, OOH Trading Company and Joe & Dave’s Sauces and Seasonings. For more information about Original Oyster House, visit www.originaloysterhouse.com or call 251-928-2620.

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