Empire Oyster was founded as an event concept in 2014 which was part of New York Oyster Week III. It became a vertically integrated oyster company that has been producing oysters, providing consulting services to oyster growers, restaurants & distributors and opening oyster bars ever since.
Our first oyster bar opened in St. Petersburg, FL on March 1st, 2017. Our second opened in NYC on July 19, 2017. Openings in Hoboken, NJ and Harlem, NYC are planned for late summer and early fall, 2017. Dozens more are planned for locations all over in the short, medium and long term.
We’ve innovated an Omakase Style Oyster Service which engages and enchants our guests as it edu-tains them. We Raise The Raw Bar with our elite oyster catering and oyster bar experiences. With our consulting services we help other oyster bars, restaurants and chefs to do the same.
Empire Oyster was founded by Master Mermmelier Kevin Joseph in New York City. For him this company was a way to Live on Purpose and help others to do the same. For Kevin, this was not just a way to make a living, but a way to make a difference too. His success in a commitment to the protection, preservation and restoration of oyster producing habitat and jobs is something is something he re-visits daily.
Kevin was born into a seafood restaurant family with operations in East Hampton (Montauk & Springs). The Family & the operation migrated south to Bonita Springs, FL in 1977. Kevin grew up working in the kitchen and on the floor of that store (McCully’s Rooftop Restaurant) and continued to work in seafood forward restaurants in Boulder, CO after moving there to attend University of Colorado in Boulder. In 2009 Kevin moved back to NYC and created a life and a living with oysters by founding and operating New York Oyster Week & The OysterHood. He committed all of his time and energy to oysters since then.