In 2017 Empire Oyster Founder Kevin joseph saw a boaT WHILE STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING IN TIERRA VERDE, FL…
…and knew right then and there he wanted to buy it. His dream was to refit it and operate it as a seagoing Oyster Bar featuring the finest oyster service as well as top quality Marine Cuisine™ & DelicaSEAS™.
The dream is coming true. Kevin purchased the vessel in February 2019. He is now preparing it for service and a delivery to Huntington, LI where it will operate in the Summer of 2019.
ABOUT THE VESSEL
Currently named Dare 2 Dream, RAW BARGE is a 52’ Tug Boat built in 1959 in Louisiana. She turns 60 in 2019 and we plan to celebrate that with the plan below. She makes 6 knots @ 1200 RPM and is powered by a single Detroit 6-71 Diesel. She’s an Iron Maiden, made of steel and weights 50 tons. She sleeps up to 8 and has a 30’ x 12’ Topside Deck above the Salon which houses a galley, dining room and head. She also has 2 staterooms for Captain, Crew or Guests.
THE PLAN & 2019 - 2020 SCHEDULE
If all goes to plan, we’ll offer our first service in St Pete on April 13th. We’ll then depart St. Pete April 15th on our journey Northward. Our first stop will be Sarasota, where we’ll offer guest the chance to come aboard and set sail for a sunset cruise will full Food & Beverage Service on the 15th. From there we’ll continue to Fort Myers where we’ll offer service on April 17th. After that we’ll head across the state, through the canals and lake to Stuart. Continuing now northward, we’ll resume services in Jacksonville (April 26). Beyond that we are targeting service in Savannah (April 30), Charleston (May 4), Wilmington NC (May 9), Norfolk (May 15), Tangier Island, VA ((May 17), Annapolis (May 19), Wilmington DE (May 23), Atlantic City (May 27), New York City (June 1) and we should arrive in Huntington on or around June 3. From there we’ll offer Huntington Harbor and Long Island Sound service until Aug 1. After that we hope to do a little lap around Long Island to ports like Southampton, East Hampton, Montauk, West Hampton, Babylon, Jones Beach, The Rockaways and arrive in NYC around Sept 15th for the start of New York Oyster Week. We’ll offer nightly service out of NYC Sept 15-30. Beyond that, we only know we will head back south again in November. Destination: Miami. We’ll operate there in a Dec - Feb time frame, being in town for Super Bowl LIV. Hopefully, we’ll move back to St Pete until we start the next trip North in April 2020. So, that’s the plan. Lets see what happens!
7 Courses will be served on each sunset cruise. Pretty simple idea here. 7 Seas, 7 Courses featuring creatures from the river, marsh, bay, shallow seas & deep ocean.
ONE Amuse Bouche - Premium Caviar and Champagne Service to welcome you aboard!
TWO Empire Oyster’s Omakase Oyster Service™ & Accoutrement Premier™ - Multiple varieties of ultra-premium oysters with the finest & most creative toppings and dressings.
THREE Ceviche Especial - & Primo Crudo - Traditional & Creative presentations of the freshest locally caught, never frozen, fin fish, crab, conch, lobster and/or octopus.
FOUR Smart Shrimp™ - 100% American, Wild Caught Shrimp prepared in a variety of ways. No TOXIC / FROZEN Asian garbage, EVER!
FIVE Shark-uterie - Smoked Fish, Pickled & Fermented Vegetables & Seaweeds, Tinned Fish & Shellfish, Cured Meats, Exotic Cheeses, Rare Preserves & Honey, Artisanal Bread & Crackers
SIX Fin Fish Off The Barbie - Fresh local catch, grilled perfectly. Served simply.
SEVEN Fin-ish - Salty Sweets of rare & exotic varieties & origins!
UPON REQUEST: Traditional Cesar Salad with Lobster, Bacon, Chicken and/or Salmon. Or without. Or, other vegetarian or vegan requests.
If you’d like to book RAW BARGE for a private event or charter please send us an email. Rates below are tentative, include F&B service for all guests and are subject to change.
Half Day Charter: 11am - 4pm ($2,900 ++ for 6)
Full Day Charter: 11am - 8pm ($5,400 ++ for 6)
++ Plus Sales Tax of 9% & Gratuity of 15%