The Original Oyster House restaurants honored an estimated 800 Mobile and Baldwin County law enforcement, firefighters and paramedics at its Never Forget FREE Lunch on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. The 11th Annual Never Forget Lunch was established in honor of the 9/11 First Responders who risked their lives and also to recognize all first responders for their service. “We want to do our part to honor, thank and practice what we preach in never forgetting those who run into dark alleys, burning buildings and toward danger to protect and save,” said David Dekle, co-founder of the Original Oyster House.

At the Mobile Causeway location, several attractions including Visit Mobile, Gulf Coast Duck Boat, USS Alabama Battleship, GulfQuest Museum, Delta Wildlife Safaris and Carnival Museum joined the Original Oyster House in paying tribute to first responders by providing free admission or discounted admission. Dan Mason of iHeart Radio broadcasted music and social media live and LifeSouth Community Blood Centers took blood donations in honor of 9/11 first responders who lost their lives.

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.

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 or call 251-928-2620.

Mobile Fire-Rescue first responders

The Mobile Fire-Rescue first responders invited Ryan Niblett (shown in the driver’s seat) to explore his dream of being a firefighter. Pictured with David Dekle, the Original Oyster House co-founder as a photo keepsake for Ryan and his family.

Kristen Kammer-Hattox

VKristen Kammer-Hattox, Marketing Manager for GulfQuest Maritime Museum, joined the Original Oyster House and other local attractions by welcoming first responders with a free ticket or discount in honor of their service at the Never Forget Lunch.