Anatolie Simion

From left [back row] Steve Jones, WINNER Anatolie Simion, Steve Martin; [front row] Bud Morris, Judy McManus, Pat Dupree, Linda Martin, Sharon Wiese and Allen McElroy

Gulf Shores, Ala. – On Friday, December 21, 2018, the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber presented Anatolie Simion, Original Oyster House dining room manager, the Island Spirit Award. The Island Spirit Award is presented monthly by the Chamber and has been a longstanding tradition for 30+ years. The award recognizes individuals who make special contributions to the quality on Pleasure Island [Gulf Shores].

Sharon Wiese, vice president of publications and advertising for Coastal Alabama Chamber, read the nomination while presenting Simion the award. “Anatolie is a Pleasure Island Icon! Anatolie is being nominated for the Island Spirit Award because he works really hard to make sure every customer has a great dining experience. The restaurant lines are usually long, but he welcomes everyone with a smile! He has been an employee for over 11 years, working his way up from dishwasher to dining room manager. He is dedicated, helpful, pleasant, and a very hard worker. This makes him most deserving of the Island Spirit Award,” stated Wiese.

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, the Original Oyster House has also become legendary for its homemade gumbo, cheese grits with blackened shrimp, as well as handcrafted desserts including its famous Peanut Butter Pie. Patrons, employees and children are welcomed as family. Known as an employer of choice, the Original Oyster House has long-time, loyal employees who value family, integrity and great service. Consistently earning high marks in customer satisfaction, the Original Oyster House’s mission is to exceed customer’s expectation.

The Original Oyster House (OOH) 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 and have been celebrated as the area’s finest family restaurants for the past 35+ years. For more information about the Original Oyster House, visit