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Oyster Bar marks 25 years

On Thursday, The Oyster Bar owners will celebrate 25 years with the restaurant. This makes Steve Gard and his family No. 2 on the list of longest running Oyster Bar owners. (The No. 1 spot was held for 34 years back in the late 1800s/early 1900s, long before The Oyster Bar was called “The Oyster Bar.”)

As a thank you to its customers – many of whom Gard said he considers a second family – all oysters will be 25 percent off from Thursday to the end of the month.

The Oyster Bar is also holding a drawing to win a dinner for eight to 10 at your home. The restaurant will send a chef to prepare a four-course meal, and a server to assure the host doesn’t have to worry about serving the guests. You can pick up entry forms at the restaurant.

“We’ve kept it low-key,” Gard says of the silver anniversary, “and wanted to say ‘Thank you’ to the people who come down here.”

And as a slightly unrelated sidenote, one of the former names of The Oyster Bar was The Wiffenpoof. I had no idea what that meant, and a quick search tells me it is an imaginary animal; a device used for tracking exercises; or a fish that forms the subject in a 1908 operetta “Little Nemo.”

In case you were wondering.

The Oyster Bar is at 1830 S. Calhoun St.; phone, 744-9490