Traveling oyster bar The Local Oyster has been popping up around the city since 2013, shucking oysters at local events and food festivals, WTMD's First Thursdays, and restaurants including The Other Corner Charcuterie Bar and W.C. Harlan. Now, it'll have a more permanent home, as owner Nick Schauman and Patrick Hudson, the owner of True Chesapeake Oyster Company, have signed a lease to rent a corner stall at the upcoming Mount Vernon Marketplace (520 Park Ave., mtvernonmarketplace.com).
Schauman had originally envisioned opening up a permanent space a couple of years down the road, but "when the opportunity came up it was kind of like, go for it," he says. For the stall, "We're going to try and make it fun," he says. "All the new restaurants and stuff all over town, they're delicious and delightful, but they're all pretty serious, so we're just going to try to lighten it up a little bit." He envisions that the stall will have a raw bar, steamed seafood, beers on tap, and "crazy bloody marys." (The marketplace has its own liquor license.)
Schauman says that the landlord's goal is to have the marketplace open by early October. Other vendors listed on the marketplace's website include Pinch, a Chinese dumpling vendor; D.C. Mediterranean Corner, which is also located in the Union Market in Washington, D.C.; and a stall from local restaurant Blue Moon Cafe.