The Gulf Shores and Mobile Causeway Original Oyster House restaurants closed early for its annual Christmas party and to recognize its employees, the employee of the month winners and award from the pool of monthly winners, its two best staff members that exemplify the company’s mission and core values. Lucy Markel, hostess of the Gulf Shores’ location and Gaynell Ducote, cashier of the Mobile Causeway location won the 2015 Employee of the Year honor.

“Lucy makes every visitor welcome like they have just entered her home. Lucy role models Southern hospitality with genuine warmth and an inviting attitude. In the summer when there may be a wait and folks are hungry, Lucy’s good nature and quick customer service make customers know we are worth the wait,” stated Allen Hastings, general manager of Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores.

“Gaynell is a huge asset to our team. Not only is she respected by all managers and employees, Gaynell is extremely customer oriented and jumps in whenever anyone needs help, including on the phone. Her past three and a half years here have been greatly appreciated and valued because she lives the company mission and models our values,” explained Jim Harrison, general manager of the Original Oyster House on the Mobile Causeway.

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 2015 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence and its owners, Joe Roszkowski and David Dekle were recognized in September by the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Alliance with the Lifetime Achievement Award for their outstanding achievement in the restaurant industry and generous contributions.

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. 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 or call 251-928-2620.

Lucy Markel

Pictured from left at the Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores’ Annual Christmas Party are Allen Hastings, general manager congratulating Lucy Markel, employee of the year, and Bud Morris, assistant general manager.

David Dekle, Jim Harrison,

Pictured from left at the Original Oyster House Annual Christmas Party are co-owner David Dekle, Jim Harrison, general manager, Original Oyster House on the Mobile Causeway and Employee of the Year Winner Gaynell Ducote.