Restaurant Notes extra: Oyster Bar getting updated for new owner?

Steve Gard, seen in 2014, has owned the Oyster Bar for 31 years and is now finishing up a $30,000-$40,000 renovation at the South Calhoun Street restaurant. (News-Sentinel file photo)

Steve Gard only laughed when he was asked if the $30,000-$40,000 renovation of the Oyster Bar signaled his impending retirement. But he did say there’s a meeting in February with the accountants to discuss the worth of the South Calhoun Street restaurant that he and his wife, Brenda, have owned for 30 years.

For now the Gards are completing the updated decor at the 129-year-old restaurant, 1830 S. Calhoun St., where the motto is “Serious food in a casual atmosphere.”

“We’re waiting for two major pieces and then we’ll be finished,” Steve Gard said.

One is a nautical map with octopuses (yes, octopuses, according to the Webster’s New World Dictionary) and sea dragons coming out of it. The other is a mermaid that will be over the bar.

The dining room in the back has a new sailfish, the ceiling got new tiles, the walls have been painted a deep blue and a big glass case houses 60-70 bottle of wine.

The menu features crabby prawns ($28.95), ribs ($18.95-$23.95) and 16-ounce rib eye ($31.95), though you’ll have to check the menu for the recent price changes. And then there’s the oysters that you can get seven different ways: raw, Rockefeller, Jalapeno Casino incorporating Tabasco and bell pepper, Black & Blue with blue cheese, sherry-flavored bechamel Bienville, Parmesan Bake or Parmesan Bake for $13.95.

Oyster Bar is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5-11 p.m. Saturday.

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