Almost one year to the day that it closed its doors, the Sansom Street Oyster House has reopened with a fresh new look and a shorter new name: it's just Oyster House now, thanks.
Also back are the original owners - David Mink along with his son Sam Mink. The Minks sold the business to Cary Neff, who ran it under the same name for several years before closing the doors and filing for bankruptcy last June. The Minks, who still owned the property, scooped the business back up and Sam Mink, who was managing restaurants for Jose Garces, came up with a modern version of the old fish house concept.
This new Oyster House eschews the dark, wood-centric decor of its former incarnation for a light, bright airy space with subway tiles, cool marble countertops and pearl gray walls lined with the family's eclectic collection of oyster plates.
On the menu, are, of course, oysters, which are shucked front-and-center at the bar, plus seafood-centric small and large plates and a New England clam bake for two.