This week Archive Diver takes you to the original Old Cutler Oyster Company and Raw Bar, which was located at 20535 Old Cutler Road.

The restaurant has a storied past in the media. The first Oyster Co was destroyed in 1992's Hurricane Andrew. It reopened 3 years later in Cutler Ridge only to catch the first fine for violating the Florida restaurant smoking ban in 2003. The OC also openly violated the ban in the interest of smoke and profits.

Archive Diver - Old Cutler Oyster Co ad from June 1988

Before the storm hit, Sue Mullin, the Miami New Times' early 90's cafe critic, visited the joint and had nothin but kind words for it.

In 1995 Jen Karetnick visited the Cutler Ridge location and ripped it a new one.
However, in the year 2000 we awarded it Best Raw Bar in Miami.

The restaurant seems to have folded in 2007, not long after reopening at its original location at the Olde Cutler Towne Center.

Here goes the full ad as it appeared in the Miami New Times in June, 1988.

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