Continuing its tradition, the Original Oyster House restaurants were closed the Sunday after Labor Day for its 30th Annual Employee Picnic. Employees of the Original Oyster House and their immediate families were thanked for a job well done with a family fun day at Waterville, USA. After checking-in employees donated goods for Prodisee Pantry, a faith-based non-profit community ministry providing emergency food and disaster relief in Baldwin County.
For the second consecutive year, a single-elimination human foosball tournament set one restaurant location against the other. Each three-minute game was coached by management who chose employees for their teams. Taking home gold this year was Justin Fleming, dining room manager, and the Flemdog Millionaires of the Mobile Causeway. Followed by a Gulf Shores team, Simon Leon, kitchen manager, and The Crew taking the silver. Dre Lawson’s team Ground Zero managed to capture the final prize available, bronze oyster trophies for the Mobile Causeway. In the final round, the Gulf Shores and Mobile Causeway managers played against each other competing for the 2017 trophy to be displayed at the winning restaurant. This year the Gulf Shores location won overall beating last year’s champs, the Mobile Causeway location.
Other activities included a great lunch as well as lots of raffle and door prizes provided by in-kind donations. Donors included Colonial Life Insurance, Zebra Marketing, Wild Natives, Waterville, USA; Gulf Coast Ducks, Hartzog Consulting, Geez Louise Boutique, Retro Roadtrip, Speakeasy Spirits, The Factory in Gulf Shores, AMC Theaters, Airboat Express. Four employees, chosen from a pool of employees who achieved perfect attendance, won $500 each. The winners for Gulf Shores were Carley Young and Bradley Wilson. The Mobile Causeway winners included Gaynell Ducote and Christopher Johnson. Since starting the perfect attendance rewards program, three employees have maintained perfect attendance (30 Months) – Gaynell Ducote of the Causeway; Stephen Shillito & Eliza McGaster of Gulf Shores.
The Original Oyster House celebrated 34 years in business this year and has many staff members who have grown with the company throughout these years. The restaurants regularly recognize staff members and encourage their involvement and creative ideas to improve service and decrease expenses. Known as an employer of choice, The Original Oyster House has long-time, loyal employees who value family, integrity and great service.
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. Consistently earning high marks in customer satisfaction, the Original Oyster House’s mission is to exceed customer’s expectations and received the 2017 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 more information about the Original Oyster House, visit www.originaloysterhouse.com or call 251-928-2620.