King Street Oyster Bar opened Monday in the former Addie’s space of the Park Potomac retail development.
The bar and restaurant specializes in oysters, but also serves other seafood, such as fish, shrimp, clams and crab.
The Potomac location, at 12435 Park Potomac Ave., is the local chain’s first establishment in Montgomery County and joins three others in D.C., Leesburg, Va., and Middleburg, Va.
Rick Allison, a partner in the restaurant chain with Jorge Esguerra, thinks the popularity of the bar will catch on in Potomac, particularly with a happy hour every day from 3 to 6:30 p.m., featuring $5 food items and beverages.
“We feel like we’re gonna bring a totally different aspect of a restaurant to this town center,” he told Bethesda Beat on Tuesday.
“There’s gonna be fun, a lot of energy. We want people to come in and enjoy the food at a reasonable price.”
The restaurant can normally seat 180 people inside, Allison said. Starting March 26, restaurants in Montgomery County will be able to serve at 50% capacity.
The indoor dining area features one room that is carpeted and enclosed by glass doors. Normally, it will be part of the main seating area, but Allison said it might also be used as a private event space.
“That room could be for a private setting, if you wanted to do a rehearsal dinner or a large party. The doors can close. We also have a projection screen that pulls down, if you want to do any slide show or anything like that from a business standpoint,” he said.
Customers can also eat in the restaurant’s outdoor area, where there are heaters, and includes seating for about 120, Allison said. There are TVs both inside and outside the restaurant.
King Street Oyster Bar features a “raw bar” menu with East Coast ($24 for a dozen, $12 for six) and West Coast oysters ($36 for a dozen, $18 for six).
The raw bar menu also features a “Mermaid Tower” that costs $74 and includes a mashup of shrimp, oysters, clams, crab legs and crab. The Mermaid Tower serves two to four people.
The restaurant also serves more traditional entrees such as cedar plank salmon ($18), parmesan-crusted trout ($16), grilled sea scallops ($25) and crabcakes ($23), among other offerings.
Allison said the menu is the same at King Street’s other locations, but some cocktails are specific to the Potomac location. Cocktails are $12 each. Bottled beer and wine are also offered.
Additionally, there are two “oyster shooters” for $10 each, such as the “OG” (Vodka, cocktail sauce, lemon) and the “sake shucks” (sake, ponzu sauce, cilantro).
The Potomac restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, according to its website.
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