In 2006, the year that Bowen's Island Restaurant celebrated its sixtieth anniversary, Robert Barber accepted a James Beard Award, honoring the place as an American Classic. Five months later, the restaurant that his late grandmother, May Bowen, started burned to the ground. What remained were the stories.
Sixty years of stories have been collected as part of the Bowen's Island Oral History Project. Our collection of interviews is a portrait of a place, painted by generations of family, loyal employees, and devoted customers.
Bowen's Island Restaurant reopened for buiness a few months after these interviews were conducted. Today, fresh oysters are being brought in from the marshes, new walls are ready to receive their marks, and new memories are being made.
Read the stories and step into the Bowen's Island state of mind.