Cruz and Novakova Named “Employee of the Year” at the Original Oyster House

Jose Cruz pictured with the Mobile Causeway management team. Pictured from left to right: Sheila Hare, Tobie Rogers, Jose Cruz, and Jim Harrison.

Dana Novakova poses with Gulf Shores management team. Pictured from left to right: James Nail, Dana Novakova and Bud Morris.

The Gulf Shores and Mobile Causeway Original Oyster House restaurants closed early for its annual Christmas party in December to celebrate its employees, employee of the month winners and award from a pool of monthly winners, two staff members who exemplify the company’s mission and core values. Jose Cruz, a server from the Mobile Causeway location and Dana Novakova, a prep cook of the Gulf Shores location were named the 2017 Employees of the Year.

“Jose Cruz whole-heartedly exemplifies our core values. He is personable with guests and also his fellow employees. Jose is very reliable and hard working. In addition to being a server, Jose is also a cook and helps everyone without being asked. Our team would not be complete without him,” stated Jim Harrison, general manager of the Original Oyster House on the Mobile Causeway.

“Dana Novakova has been with the Original Oyster House for 10 years. With a strong work ethic, Dana is flexible with her time and willing work when neededp. Dana cooks and preps entrees daily and sets up the salad bar as required. She is a great baker as well and makes up to 25 chocolate chip peanut butter pies and 25 key lime pies a day. Dana also creates the bread pudding and cheesecake. We are so glad she is part of the Original Oyster House team,” stated Bud Morris, general manager of Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores.

 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 expectations and received the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award.

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