The Duxbury-based oyster farm Island Creek Oysters has been doing pretty well for itself since its founding in 1995. It’s become one of the most recognizable oyster brands locally and afar, distributing nearly 12 million oysters internationally each year, and it has spawned festivals, a retail shop, an online shop, and, in partnership with local restaurateurs, several restaurants around New England (two Island Creek Oyster Bar locations, two Row 34 locations, and Les Sablons in Harvard Square).
The farm’s latest addition brings things back home with a seasonal outdoor raw bar — dubbed the Raw Bar — right on Duxbury Bay (401 Washington St., Duxbury). (This project comes entirely from the farm crew; it’s a separate venture from the aforementioned Island Creek/Row 34/Les Sablons family of restaurants.)
At the Raw Bar, now open, customers can taste ultra-fresh oysters ($2.50 each) from Duxbury as well as nearby Kingston and Plymouth, including Island Creek’s eponymous variety as well as its Row 34 and Aunt Dotty oysters.
The Raw Bar also joins a small but growing collection of local spots serving up tinned fish (see also: Haley.Henry and Saltie Girl), featuring products from the Galicia-based Ramón Peña, not to mention Island Creek caviar, local beers, canned cocktails, wine on tap, and large-format portions of rosé.
The 75-person space includes a retrofitted Island Creek truck, beer garden-style picnic tables and a larger communal driftwood table, art by local artists Michael Coyne and Samantha Bennett (who is one of Island Creek founder Skip Bennett’s daughters), lawn games such as badminton and corn hole, and a fire pit for s’mores.
The Raw Bar is open every day except for Monday from 12 p.m. until twilight; check Instagram for updates.
• Island Creek Oysters [Official Site]