Floating Food Truck: Mobile Raw Bar on Historic Oyster Boat
The landmark vessel Laurel will travel port-to-port serving oysters and drinks; your purchases will help fund her restoration.
About the Laurel Oyster Bar:
Built in 1891, Laurel is the oldest and most historic oyster boat in America. We want to ensure her legacy continues as a culinary ambassador and "floating oyster bar" that will make stops around Long Island Sound, New York City, The Hamptons and beyond.
By bringing her from port-to-port, people can come aboard and hear about her legacy...and have some really great oysters and cold drinks at the same time.
Laurel is a mobile platform so guest chefs can also serve their creations on her deck. And since Laurel can still catch shellfish, don't be surprised if the oysters you eat in the evening were harvested by her that morning!
As rewards for our backers, we have planned some very unique, one-of-a-kind items to show our thanks. These include bookmarks, picture frames and an oyster knife, all made from mahogany deck planks removed during the restoration. And of course oysters and other great food vouchers.
Perhaps the most unique reward, however, is to become a plank owner of the Laurel. Limited to 250 backers, you can have your name inscribed in a new deck plank, plus a bunch of other cool stuff (see rewards sidebar for more info).
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk for this project is non-action. Although we could create an oyster bar on Laurel without replacing her deck, the amount of water leaking through is causing an irreversible amount of damage.
With your help, we can replace the deck, stop the leaks and keep her sailing for everyone to enjoy.
Logistically, we have the know-how, from marine carpentry to oyster farming to shucking oysters for crowds, so there is little doubt we can complete the project in a timely manner. We also have a dock to work at, all the necessary tools, a source for the lumber and plenty of support.
We feel this is a very low risk project...but we need your help.
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