Taubel, Johnson, Cruz and Kelley Named Employees of the Year

Karen Taubel and Chris Johnson are named Employees of the Year for the Original Oyster House Mobile Causeway location.

Victoria Cruz and Britney Kelley are named Employees of the Year for the Original Oyster House Gulf Shores location.

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The Gulf Shores and Mobile Causeway Original Oyster House restaurants closed early for its annual Christmas party in December to celebrate its employees and award staff members who exemplify the company’s mission, core values and excellence the coveted Employee of the Year awards. Karen Taubel, a long-time server and Chris Johnson, back of the house stock employee were named the 2018 Employees of the Year for the Mobile Causeway location. Victoria Cruz, a long-time key manager and second time winner and Britney Kelley, a cashier were named the 2018 Employees of the Year for the Gulf Shores location.

“Karen Taubel is well loved not only by our guests but by our employees because she’s the first to help out. She has been with us for 21 plus years and lives our core values,” stated Jim Harrison, general manager of the Original Oyster House on the Mobile Causeway. “Chris Johnson is another loved and dedicated coworker who started in back in 1999. He too goes above and beyond and helps everyone who asks. We are so blessed to have them as employees and look forward to many years to come,” said Harrison.

“Victoria Cruz basically got us through the summer rush when we were short a kitchen manager. We couldn’t have served that many folks without her. She’s a two-time winner of Employee of the Year because she is reliable, loyal and very hardworking,” said Bud Morris, general manager of Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores. “Britney Kelley wears multiple hats including cashier, bartender host and busser. She’ll do whatever you ask her to do and always wears a smile,” said Morris.

 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 expectation.

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