The Urban Oyster is Closing at McHenry Row

| July 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Urban Oyster has announced it is closing its 1,400 sq. ft. restaurant at McHenry Row in Locust Point. The fast-casual seafood restaurant opened in 2019.

The company, which is owned by its chef Jasmine Norton, posted the following message to Facebook and Instagram:

It has come with extreme difficulty to announce that The Urban Oyster will be closing our doors at McHenry Row on July 26th. We have shared and created great memories from drag brunch shows, karaoke nights, @forestpark_culinary pop up, sip and paint night, fundraisers to trivia night and so many more.

We thank all of our customers new and old for always supporting us. Traveling near and far to partake in the U.S. 1st female black owned oyster bar. This is by far not the end of The Urban Oyster but a chance for us to reset, regroup and return better than ever. We will be posting various dates and locations where we will be conducting pop ups until our new permanent location is determined. Thank you again for your unwavering love and support! We love you B’more.

Norton competed on an episode of Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games in May. interviewed Norton in June after the episode aired in part about the impact of COVID-19 on her business. The Urban Oyster has been a farmers’ market and event business since 2017 and all of those opportunities have been canceled during the pandemic.

About the McHenry Row location, Norton said that “things are about as good as possible right now.” She said they were not able to make a profit, but they were able to keep their employees working, which is important to her. She thanked her landlord of 28 Walker for working with her during the difficult times.

Screenshots from the Guy’s Grocery Games episode on Food Network

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