Mogan’s Oyster House coming to Downtown

Denny Mogan has teamed up with developers Bret and Kirk Davis to put a new eatery inside One Plaza East. Mogan’s Oyster House is slated to open in early September.

A new restaurant scheduled to open in Downtown Salisbury will be the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for Denny Mogan who has worked his way up through the business since he was 18.

“I’ve always wanted to own and operate a restaurant in Salisbury,” said the James M. Bennett High School and Salisbury University graduate.

After previous attempts to start his own business never got off the ground, Mogan eventually teamed up with developers Bret and Kirk Davis to put a new eatery inside One Plaza East, the building the Davis brothers own at the corner of Main and Division streets.

The same building also will house a new ice cream parlor, Angello’s Scoops, that is under construction next to the restaurant.

Mogan’s Oyster House is slated to open in early September, offering modern coastal cuisine, said Mogan, who has held various positions at area restaurants, including Harborside in West Ocean City and Market Street Inn and Evolution Craft Brewing, both in Salisbury.

Salisbury is close to the Chesapeake Bay and its watermen’s culture, so the goal is to serve locally sourced seafood with seasonal menus. “It seemed natural to take advantage of that,” he said.

The focal point will be a long bar in the back corner that will serve up raw and grilled oysters, but the restaurant also will offer a full menu with options that include lobster rolls, steamed clams, po’ boy sandwiches, ceviche, steak frites, crab Louis and lobster Newburg, Mogan said.

The goal is to elevate the food, but Mogan’s won’t be a white tablecloth, fine dining establishment, he said.

“I wanted to create a space where you can take a client to lunch, then come back after work for drinks,” he said.

The restaurant space with an entrance off of Division Street will have 100 seats at tables and at the bar. There will be 20 more seats at a patio space planned outside as part of the city’s Downtown streetscape improvements.

Work in that block of Division Street will start soon, and will include moving the curb line out 2 feet, said Amanda Pollack, the city’s Director of Infrastructure and Development.

The restaurant’s outdoor seating area will be on the street side of the new sidewalk, similar to the one now in place at Mojo’s, she said.

The sidewalk work on that side of Division Street will be completed before the National Folk Festival in September. Work on the other side of the street will be completed later, Pollack said.

Mogan said he is excited to be a part of the ongoing Downtown revitalization, and his restaurant’s proximity to the city parking garage, a planned town square and events such as the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and the National Folk Festival.

“It’s right outside our door, so that’s kind of exciting,” he said.

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