The Gulf Shores and Mobile Causeway Original Oyster House restaurants closed early for its annual Christmas party December 5 and 6 to celebrate its employees, the employee of the month winners and award from the pool of monthly winners, its two best staff members who exemplify the company’s mission and core values. Roderick Marks, back of the house key from the Mobile Causeway location and Matthew Simmons, line cook of the Gulf Shores were named the 2016 Employees of the Year.

“Roderick has been our anchor for the back-of-the-house for over a quarter of the century. His commitment to service, his experience and his flexibility make him such an asset to us, especially when we’re busy. Roderick’s charismatic personality, work ethic and leadership drives us all to our optimal performance. He’s indispensable for so many reasons,” explained Jim Harrison, general manager of the Original Oyster House on the Mobile Causeway.

“Matthew literally never complains. But don’t let his quiet manner fool you because he’s a powerhouse when it comes to getting the food off the line. Everybody loves him because he genuinely is out for the greater good, and is selfless. And although Matthew doesn’t directly relate with customers, he’s the guy that makes our servers stand out when it comes to fast service and consistency,” stated Allen Hastings, general manager of Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores.

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 was awarded the 2016 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence and Allen Hastings was named Restaurant Manager of the Year by the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Alliance as the best in the industry for the state of Alabama. Hastings was also recognized for his award at the Christmas party with a framed photo collage capturing his Stars of the Industry award for disply at the restaurant.

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 more information about the Original Oyster House, visit or call 251-928-2620.

Mobile Causeway Christmas Party Video & Photos

Gulf Shores Christmas Party Video & Photos

The Mobile Causeway management and Roderick Marks

The Mobile Causeway management and Roderick Marks, the Employee of the Year are pictured from left: Tobie Rogers, David Dekle, Norm Abrams (back), Roderick Marks, Joe Roszkowski and Jim Harrison.

Pictured from left: James Nail, Employee of the Year, Matthew Simmons, Allen Hastings, and Bud Morris.

Pictured from left: James Nail, Employee of the Year Matthew Simmons, Allen Hastings and Bud Morris. Simons is selfless and contributes greatly to getting food off the line quickly to customers and dining consistency.