They held soft openings the week of Aug. 23 to gear up. The “raw bar” style seafood menu will boast a variety of east, west and gulf coast oysters, Alaskan king crab, half Maine lobster cocktail and a Florida snapper ceviche. There’s also an “adult grilled cheese” with jumbo lump crab, brie, pear chutney and sriracha. Apps include a smoked fish dip.
Food prices start around $10, for the house guacamole and blue corn tortilla chips, and go up to $28, for a dozen oysters, which are served with cucumber mignonette (a classic sauce for raw oysters), house cocktail, saltines, lemon wedges and Tabasco.
Sea Salt is the latest venture from Stephanie and Matt Mell, local restauranteurs known for upscale eatery The Purveyor, sexy subterranean bar Catacomb435 and enophile hub Church Street Wine Shoppe.
“We want to be your downtown pub,” Mell says, “where you’re just gonna wander in off the street, grab a drink and either keep walking (with an entertainment district-legal purple to-go cup), visiting other downtown venues and shops, or sit down have some oysters, drink a beer and watch the game.”
Sports fan will have a high-percentage shot at finding a game they want to yell at, on one of Sea Salt’s 10 or so wall-mounted TVs. In addition to 24 local and regional craft beers on tap, available libations will include cocktails and top-shelf bourbons, Mell says.
Sea Salt’s hours are Monday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – midnight and Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sea Salt’s interior is painted a teal blue evoking the shade of surf. A handsome wooden bar seats around 12. On the opposite wall, two-top pub tables are lined up beneath a large diagram of the five oyster species. It’s a snug space. Still, Sea Salt has the potential for vacation vibes.
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