Original, the four-foot tall, fiber-glass oyster statue bedazzled by local artist Nancy Raia, is the latest sculpture installment of the Oyster Trail sponsored by the Original Oyster House. The Oyster Trail is a fun, educational and public art program that benefits restoration efforts of the all-volunteer Oyster Gardeners, Auburn University Marine Extension and Research Center, The downtown Mobile Alliance, the Mobile Arts Council, the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Original was unveiled at its new location at the Original Oyster House on the Causeway on Wednesday night, February 12, 2014. The unveiling which also included the debut of fire-grilled oysters, was attended by oyster and art patrons, media, local representatives, sponsors and coordinators. Original is the first Oyster Trail installment on the Eastern Shore and Causeway but joins the other 12 installments already erected in Mobile. Both Original and fire-grilled oysters were a huge hit among the attendees.

You really couldnt give me another reason to come eat at the Original Oyster House as Im already one of their biggest fans, but Joe did it again by putting another enticing option on the menu, fire-grilled oysters. And they are absolutely delicious and novel for newcomers to the area or oyster fans. Great food, great sculpture, great hospitality and spectacular delta sunsets, what more could you want, recounted Wayne Gardner, General Manager of FM Talk 106.5.
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 (Causeway Location), 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. Patrons, employees and children are welcomed as family. Known as an employer of choice, Original Oyster House has long-time,-loyal employees who value family, integrity and great service. Consistently earning high marks in customer satisfaction, Original Oyster Houses mission is to exceed customes expectations and to give back to the community.

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 areas finest family restaurants for the past 30 years. The Original Oyster House is managed by Superb Foods, a management company of Geez Louise Boutique, OOH Trading Company and Joe & Dave Sauces and Seasonings. For more information about Original Oyster House, visit www.originaloysterhouse.com or call 251-928-2620.

first Oyster Trail Sculpture

“Original”, the name of the first Oyster Trail Sculpture on the Eastern Shore, was unveiled at the Original Oyster House on the Mobile Causeway. Original was painted by Nancy Raia, Community Outreach Director for the Eastern Shore Art Center. Joe Roszkowski and David Dekle, co-owners of the Original Oyster House, sponsored the Oyster Trail Sculpture which helps sustain oyster reefs. Pictured from left are Joe Roszkowski, Nancy Raia, David Dekle, P.J Waters, co-coordinator of the Oyster Trail & Marie Dyson, co-coordinator of the Oyster Trail. Nancy Raia, a recent winner of the Gulf Guardian Award from the Environmental Protection Agency, shared a few words about her beautiful artwork on the sculpture that captured a spectacular sunset on the Causeway and the natural wealth of the delta. On left is Wayne Gardner, FM Talk Radio Morning Show & General Manager, who emceed the unveiling of Original which included a blessing, an unveiling and fire-grilled oysters.