2021 | Dine

New oyster bar to open in former Addie’s space in Park Potomac

Partner says opening is expected in late February

King Street Oyster Bar plans to open in the former Addie's space in Park Potomac next month. The restaurant has locations in D.C., Leesburg, Va. and Middleburg, Va.

Photo from King Street Oyster Bar's Instagram page

King Street Oyster Bar, a seafood restaurant and oyster bar with three locations in the greater Washington area, is expected to open in the former Addie’s space in Park Potomac next month, a partner in the restaurant said Monday.

King Street Oyster Bar was established in 2014 by partners Rick Allison and Jorge Esguerra, according to the website. The restaurant has locations in Washington, D.C., Leesburg, Va., and Middleburg, Va.

The website states that King Street serves fresh oysters from both the East and West coasts, and offers a dozen varieties on any given day.

King Street’s bar menu features chipotle-crusted, Rockefeller (spinach and cheeses), clams casino and charbroiled oysters.

Customers get four oysters for $14. Customers can also order a half dozen East Coast oysters for $15 and a dozen for $30.

West Coast oysters are pricier, at $18 for a half dozen and $36 for a dozen.

King Street Oyster Bar also serves more traditional seafood entrees, such as cedar plank salmon, shrimp and oyster platters, grilled scallops, grilled ahi tuna and Shanghai sea bass. The entrees range from $16 to $30.

King Street also has a food truck operation in addition to the three brick-and-mortar restaurants, Allison told Bethesda Beat on Monday.

“We’ve been looking for other spots and settled in on Potomac,” he said.

The oyster bar will replace Addie’s, which closed last year.

Addie’s was the first restaurant owned by local restaurateur Jeff Black, who has since opened multiple seafood-themed restaurants throughout Montgomery County and D.C. It operated in its original spot on Rockville Pike from 1995 until 2013, before relocating to Park Potomac in 2017.

Allison said Monday that some of the former Addie’s staff, including the general manager, has been hired to work at King Street Oyster Bar. He said there will be “minimal” construction work that he expects will start this week, and will include removing some booths and expanding the bar.

“The whole area will be lively. There’ll be a lot more color. It’s not gonna be so dark and compartmentalized,” he said.

Allison said he expects the restaurant to open by the end of February. Initially, the plan is to serve takeout and have seating outdoors.

Indoor dining is currently prohibited in Montgomery County due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Allison said he hopes that restrictions will start to be lifted by the time the new restaurant opens.

At full capacity combined between indoor and outdoor seating, King Street’s Potomac location will seat close to 300, Allison said.

Despite the pandemic, Allison said he is optimistic about the future of his company and the new restaurant.

“We’ve been fortunate through our other three restaurants. … We do great to-go. We provide great value for people to come in,” he said.

The Moco Show previously reported King Street Oyster Bar’s impending opening.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com