Last evening in his Oval Office speech to the nation, President Obama opened the door for restaurants, hotels, and other tourist related businesses experiencing financial pains due to the BP Oil Spill to file claims against the company for lost business.
With the perception the nation’s southern beaches are coated with slick, oily muck, the tourist industry has nosedived in
BP has alleviated that possibility for many coastal restaurants.
But location is not the only deciding factor as to whether or not the oil spill affects your business. What type of fish and seafood your menu highlights also plays a hand in future products.
The oyster industry in the south is dwindling. Shrimping is all but over for the season and who knows how long before a recovery is in store.
It may be time to reevaluate your menu items if
Mussels have replaced oysters on a few menus and The Lobster Company in
“We have been getting calls about our fish. We already service some
“We haven’t noticed a big spike in calls or business,” said James of J.P. Shellfish in
James did add that the perception is more damaging at this stage of the disaster.
“Nobody knows how long this will last, whether six months or six years. That’s the problem. Hopefully, it will end soon.”
According to Phil Banks, in an article by Greg Cox in the Newsobserver, the prices for oysters increased 75% in four days as restaurants in areas affected by the spill started bringing oysters in from other parts of the country. It seems they have become a commodity. And if the demand holds, prices will continue to increase, affecting every appetizer menu that boasts the pearls of the sea, just as the season is beginning.
Northern clams, mussels, and calamari may be an option worth exploring for those looking to substitute oysters on a menu.