The Urban Oyster to close on July 26, hints at future reopening at new location

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The Urban Oyster, the Locust Point oyster bar, is closing July 26, the restaurant’s owner announced on Facebook on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Urban Oyster’s Facebook.

The Urban Oyster, a Locust Point restaurant known for its chargrilled oysters and other seafood selections, will close its doors on July 26, but owner and chef Jasmine Norton hinted at reopening the business at a yet-to-be determined new location.

Norton launched her mobile oyster bar in 2017, traveling to farmers’ markets and other events, and later opened the brick-and-mortar restaurant at McHenry Row in 2019.

Although The Urban Oyster will be shutting the doors at its current spot, Norton wrote in a Facebook post that customers can still expect to see the restaurant holding pop-up events and she said the business will also be determining a new permanent location.

“This is by far not the end of The Urban Oyster but a chance for us to reset, regroup and return better than ever,” wrote Norton, who claims her restaurant is the first black woman-owned oyster bar in Maryland.

Norton said the restaurant has been involved with many community events and she thanked customers for their business.

“We have shared and created great memories from drag brunch shows, karaoke nights, [Forest Park Culinary] pop up, sip and paint night, fundraisers to trivia night and so many more,” she wrote. “We thank all of our customers new and old for always supporting us.”

Last month, Norton launched an initiative to donate a portion of The Urban Oyster’s sales into a different black entrepreneur each week during June, the Baltimore Business Journal reported.

Among the entrepreneurs who received aide from the initiative were 16-year-old cook Dontrell Walker and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute graduate Brianna Moaney, the owner of Candy Kabobz By Brianna, which creates custom candy arrangements.

On The Urban Oyster’s website, Norton reminisces about how her dad introduced her to her first oyster when she was a small child and she loved it.

In adulthood, Norton sought to create a restaurant where people could enjoy oysters in a more casual atmosphere, which led to her opening The Urban Oyster.

Norton did not immediately respond to Baltimore Fishbowl‘s request for comment.

Marcus Dieterle

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