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About this project

Three years ago, the idea for an oyster bar was born, but it truly evolved during Christmas time, Paris 2013, where two passionate chefs and best friends, Melissa Mayer and Maylin Chavez embarked on a research trip to Paris, France for inspiration. On December 23rd, they walked into Le Baron Rouge, the ultimate local Parisienne “dive bar” to experience what has been their greatest inspiration for Olympia Oyster Bar since: locals packed like sardines and living life to the fullest, spilling out of the restaurant into the street, eating epic quantities of oysters alongside 1 litre bottles of wine and cheese and charcuterie platters for days. It was oyster bar nirvana in their collective favorite city - unpretentious, social, casual and a food experience that exuded pure joy. One month later, their inspiration and passion would become their ultimate journey. As their plane touchdown’d in Portland OR in January 2014, Maylin looked at Melissa and said “kid, I think this is where it starts “. Five months later, they packed their bags and moved their lives from sunny San Diego to share their passion and commitment to oysters with the great food community of Portland, OR. The journey has been intense and enriching, filled with a spectacle of oyster farm experiences, rich farms and unforgiving long hours worth every minute of the commitment. What Melissa and Maylin have discovered is that community really truly matters. They have met so many people along the way that have opened doors and brought them in to embrace their journey and pay it forward. It takes a village to build dreams. And it will take a few more people and doors opening to open Olympia Oyster Bar. We ask for you to be a part of our journey and in return we will give back in the kindness of oysters, hospitality, memories and friendship. Olympia Oyster Bar is an homage to the olympia oyster, the only native oyster to the Pacific Coast and we aim to become the pinnacle oyster bar of the Pacific Coast. Olympia Oyster Bar is also a reflection of the renaissance of love for oysters. At the heart of Olympia Oyster Bar, oysters are King and we believe in “oysters for everyone”. Oysters are the number one growing seafood in popularity in the United Sates and they are coincidentally the most sustainable seafood in the ocean. The oyster’s popularity is being met with a 25% growth in the number of oyster farms along both the Eastern and Western seaboards. Olympia Oyster Bar is committed to only the most sustainable sources and practices of oyster farming and we are also dedicated to going directly to the source, shaking the farmers’ hands, farm to bar through and through. Our commitment and dedication to oyster culture embodies our mission. By supporting Olympia Oyster Bar you are also supporting the farmers we work directly with and supporting the most sustainable seafood in the ocean. As a brand, we are dedicated to the mastery & craft of oyster stewardship from cultivation and harvest to treatment and service. We aim to grow our oyster bars along the Pacific West Coast, sharing our passion and love for oysters with markets from Portland to Seattle, San Francisco and beyond. Sail with us on this epic journey, be a part of the oyster renaissance and the launch of a beautiful, memorable and iconic brand that is Olympia Oyster Bar. Have a seat at our bar, experience the happiness of oysters and pay it forward. We thank you for believing in and supporting our vision.

Risks and challenges

Each project has its risks and rewards. The single greatest risk to Olympia Oyster Bar's campaign is surviving the leaner winter period (Jan-Feb) that any restaurant has to prepare for. One of our advantages is that we are not opening from the ground up, rather assuming an already existing space that reduces risk and liability, allows us to not have to secure initial permits and depend on the city for permission to build, etc. Outside of funding, that is 90% of the battle of getting your restaurant open. Another advantage is that we have done the groundwork; we have made a name for ourselves. Not only does Portland know who we are, we are blessed and honored to have a fan-base and they are waiting for us to open our doors and deliver oysters beautifully on the 1/2 shell many ways. In order to maintain cash flow, we aim to operate a very tight build out budget, low labor costs and have enough cash flow for working capital. We also have a very strong built-in PR campaign that has enlisted a following that will continue to enrich our ability to grow.

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    We will welcome you with open arms and lots of gratitude for your gracious support of Olympia Oyster Bar. You'll always have a seat at our bar. Oysters for everyone!

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    We will welcome you with open arms and an oyster dollar good for one pristine oyster expertly shucked and topped with signature accouterments at Olympia Oyster Bar - we’ll shuck ‘em, you’ll enoy them! And lots of gratitude for your gracious support. You'll always have a seat at our bar. Oysters for everyone!

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    We will welcome you with open arms and an oyster dollar good for two pristine oysters expertly shucked and topped with signature accouterments at Olympia Oyster Bar - we’ll shuck ‘em, you’ll enoy them! And lots of gratitude for your gracious support. You'll always have a seat at our bar. Oysters for everyone!

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    Receive your own personalized Olympia Oyster Bar shucker. And lots of gratitude for your gracious support. You'll always have a seat at our bar. Oysters for everyone!

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    A botanical sensory journey and collaboration with local artisans The Bitter Housewife and Aria Distillery:

    Olympia wil host an afternoon of entertaining and delighting your senses through a botanical journey that both The Bitter Housewife and Aria Distillery have uniquely encapsulated with their alluring potions. Let yourself be charmed by the magic of a creative melange of flavors that can only be created and enhanced by botanicals and the sea. Your tastebuds will be seduced, your palettes heightened and your knowledge expanded by this local collaborative immersion of botanicals, liquid and the sea.

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    We will welcome you with open arms and a pair of pristine oysters expertly shucked and topped with signature accouterments @ Olympia Oyster Bar. You’ll also receive your own personalized Olympia Oyster Bar shucker. And lots of gratitude for your gracious support. You'll always have a seat at our bar. Oysters for everyone!

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    Party down with an Olympia Oyster Bar & Big Bottom Distillery Collaboration for a night of spirits of the land and the greatest spirit of the sea. Many oysters and many spirits many ways. You will definitely thank us later...

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    The Ultimate Elixir Dinner with NW Elixirs:

    Chefs Maylin Chavez, Melissa Mayer and Andrew Garrett are teaming up to serve you an oyster extravaganza with expertly curated award winning hot sauce elixirs crafted by the ingenious and talented Chef, Andrew Garrett. Expect your senses to be taken to new levels and complex sauces created specifically for this elixir journey. You will definitely thank us later and we thank you for joining us in this special evening of oysters and elixirs

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    Oyster Pledge of Love Wall:

    Get your name on the wall as official backer of Olympia Oyster Bar. Your name will be hand painted on our oyster wall in thanks for your support of our dreams to provide oysters for everyone. And lots of gratitude for your gracious support. You'll always have a seat at our bar. and thanks to you, Oysters for everyone!

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    Your seat at the oyster bar is reserved for our first inaugural oyster class with our special guest, third generation oyster farmer Lissa James Monberg of Hama Hama Oyster Farm and Chefs Melissa Mayer & Maylin Chavez. Learn to shuck like a pro, shuck and eat oysters and receive our fun inventively topped oyster recipes and go home with your own Olympia Oyster Bar oyster shucker.

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    Receive our in-house chef/ artist Melissa Mayer’s original signed and numbered oyster drawing from a collection of 1/100 prints; delivered and shipped to you.

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    The Personal Oyster Picnic

    Experience the bounty of the Pacific Northwest with your own personal Oyster picnic kit that includes the pristine oysters of Hama Hama Oyster Farm along with your own personal Olympia Oyster Bar Oyster knife and an oyster platter to enjoy your freshly shucked oysters. Sunday afternoon picnics await you.

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    Olympia Oyster Bar is dedicated to oyster stewardship and bringing the bounty of the ocean directly to you. At the heart of our mission we have created a CSA program to gather community around our precious bivalves in a way to sustain what sustains us. Become the first members of our CSA Community Supported Aquaculture™ program, reserve your seat at our bar and redeem 8 dozen oysters in four months with oyster dollars™ - you'll thank us later...

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    House Spirits Distillery Immersion:

    Portland is home to some of the most creative passionate and thoughtful entrepreneurs in the country. Experience an intimate and exclusive local PDX Distillery Immersion for six people with Ryan Magarian, owner of House Spirits Distillery
    Enjoy a guided tour of Aviation Gin and Westward Whiskey, where small batch gin and whiskey are thoughtfully and expertly crafted and produced.

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    Community Supported Aquaculture™ Semi-Annual Membership:

    Olympia Oyster Bar is dedicated to oyster stewardship and bringing the bounty of the ocean directly to you. At the heart of our mission we have created a CSA program to gather community around our precious bivalves in a way to sustain what sustains us. Become the first members of our CSA Community Supported Aquaculture™ program, reserve your seat at our bar and reap the rewards: redeem 10 dozen oysters in 6 months with Olympia Oyster Dollars™ - you'll thank us later...

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    Community Supported Aquaculture™ Annual Membership:

    Olympia Oyster Bar is dedicated to oyster stewardship and bringing the bounty of the ocean directly to you. At the heart of our mission we have created a CSA program to gather community around our precious bivalves in a way to sustain what sustains us. Become the first members of our CSA Community Supported Aquaculture™ program, reserve your seat at our bar and reap the rewards: redeem 20 dozen oysters in 12 months with Olympia Oyster Dollars™ - you'll thank us later...

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    The Ultimate Oregon Oyster Immersion on Netarts Bay with oyster farmer, Todd Perman.

    Spend a day on one of the most pristine and protected estuaries on the continent, Netarts Bay and hang out exclusively with the dedicated and amazing oyster farmer Todd Perman of Jandy Oyster Farm while also experiencing the culture of oysters through an educational tour of the Netarts Bay Oyster Hatchery. Finish the day off with an oyster feast on Netarts Bay with yours truly chefs and wines curated from expert Amalie Roberts of Petite Monde

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    Oyster Farm Nirvana: Hama Hama Oyster Farm Tour and Dinner

    Experience low tide on the rich waters of Hama Hama Oyster Farm for a pre-dinner tour and harvest your oysters directly from the source, learn about the cultivation practices and enjoy an oyster dinner extravaganza for four prepared by chefs Maylin Chavez and Melissa Mayer at the Hama Hama Oyster Saloon. Eating oysters at the source overlooking oyster beds on the Puget Sound, priceless. Not from the PNW no worries , make it a week-end getaway to Washington. *airfare and travel expenses not included

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    The World is Your Oyster: Exclusive Private Oyster Dinner Party at Olympia Oyster Bar for 8

    Enjoy a true raw bar experience – belly up to our locally crafted oyster bar with 7 of your closest friends along with chefs Maylin Chavez and Melissa Mayer and indulge in the most pristine oysters raw, naked. dressed. grilled and smoked along with our addictive signature smoked goat butter, the Olympia Seaboard™, signature accoutrements and an unforgettable curated cheese truck experience that you will be talking about forever - oh and of course, bubbles from around the world.

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