Boiler Room Oyster Bar
Boiler Room Oyster Bar • Chef & the Farmer owners Vivian Howard and Ben Knight have teamed up with Stephen Hill, a founder of Mother Earth Brewing, to open an oyster bar in Kinston, North Carolina.
“Boiler Room, a fresh perspective on an Eastern Carolina Style Oyster Bar. By fresh we mean burgers with local beef ground daily and oysters from our very own coast that are shucked as fast as you can eat’em. Because, for us, a great bar is a place with fine oysters, juicy burgers, cool cocktails, cold draft beer and SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY! We have 12 draft beers, great cocktails, punches and wine.”
“Everybody here loves an oyster bar,” Vivian Howard explains. The oyster bar is in an alley next to an old furniture store between their restaurant and Mother Earth Brewing in downtown Kinston. They serve steamed, fried and raw oysters, as well as an oyster burger (think po’boy). For the non-oyster eaters, they will have burgers on the menu. The restaurant is called The Boiler Room since the building’s original boiler is still in the space.” • Andrea Weigl, News & Observer, Chef & the Farmer and Mother Earth Brewing open oyster bar in Kinston, North Carolina
“The restaurant is designed to draw the younger crowd into what’s becoming a restaurant community. “It’s meant to be a fun, inexpensive bar scene,” he said. “… It’s an updated version of the Eastern North Carolina oyster bar.” There are also five varieties of burgers, including a butter bean and smoked gouda cheese veggie burger. The meat is freshly ground daily. In the fall, they will offer locally-grown beef, Knight said. A favorite from Chef and the Farmer is the baked pimento cheese and sausage dip, he said. Special Southern-inspired desserts are the Pepsi and peanut ice cream float and benne, or sesame, seed banana pudding. Local beers include selections from Kinston’s Mother Earth Brewing and Farmville’s Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery. The restaurant, in the alley between North and Gordon streets, seats about 45 people, plus outdoor cafe seating amidst brick walls and flower gardens in the alley.” • Margaret Fisher, Kinston Free Press, “Boiler Room is shucking oysters downtown”
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