The Original Oyster House will close the Sunday after Labor Day on September 10, 2023, to celebrate the best employees in the world. The 34th Annual Employee Picnic thanks employees for a job well done with a Family Fun Day at Waterville USA in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Known as an employer of choice, the Original Oyster House values family, integrity and great service. This year’s event includes lunch catered by Naman’s, a premier caterer for the Gulf Coast for over 30 years. “We greatly appreciate our employees – without them, we couldn’t continue to provide quality food and wonderful service that the Original Oyster House is known for. The annual picnic is one of the ways we show just how important they are. We close both locations for the entire day and treat them, their family and their friends, to a private picnic event at Waterville” said Joie Biancardi, human resources manager.

The Original Oyster House also recognizes staff with door prizes donated by Buffalo Rock, iHeart, Cox Media, BCBSAL and Colonial Life. And continuing the traditional food drive, everyone brings canned and dry goods for Prodisee Pantry.

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, cheesy grits with blackened shrimp, as well as handcrafted desserts including its famous Peanut Butter Pie. In 2016, the Original Oyster House became the first restaurant in the state of Alabama to recycle oyster shells through the Alabama Coastal Foundation. In July of 2023, an estimated 21.6 million oyster shells to date have been recovered from participating Gulf Coast restaurants.  The Original Oyster House also supports the sustainability of oysters and is one of the only restaurants to [oyster garden], grow stocker oysters to refurbish the reef.

The Original Oyster House (OOH) has two locations, Mobile: 3733 Battleship Parkway, on the Causeway and Gulf Shores: 701 Gulf Shores Parkway on the Original Oyster House Boardwalk. Both locations offer spectacular waterfront views and have been celebrated as the area’s finest family restaurants. For more information about the Original Oyster House, please visit or call 251-928-2620.

Celebrating the Best Employees in the World, the Original Oyster House closes the restaurants the Sunday after Labor Day for a private Employee Picnic.