Iconic oyster bar sets sights on Midtown Memphis - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Iconic oyster bar sets sights on Midtown Memphis

Indian Pass Raw Bar's original location in Port St. Joe, Florida. (Source: Indian Pass Raw Bar) Indian Pass Raw Bar's original location in Port St. Joe, Florida. (Source: Indian Pass Raw Bar)
According to one of the managers, the outdoor patio was one of the big reasons they selected the 2059 Madison location. (Source: Maggie Green / WMC Action News 5) According to one of the managers, the outdoor patio was one of the big reasons they selected the 2059 Madison location. (Source: Maggie Green / WMC Action News 5)
The Indian Pass Raw Bar plans to renovate the building located at 2059 Madison Avenue, former home of Chiwawa, which closed in August 2015. (Source: Maggie Green / WMC Action News 5) The Indian Pass Raw Bar plans to renovate the building located at 2059 Madison Avenue, former home of Chiwawa, which closed in August 2015. (Source: Maggie Green / WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Owners of an iconic Florida oyster bar set their sights on a location in Midtown Memphis.

The Indian Pass Raw Bar plans to renovate the building located at 2059 Madison Avenue, former home of Chiwawa, which closed in August 2015.

"The Chiwawa building location on Madison Avenue at Overton Square will be the perfect place to re-create the rustic atmosphere of an old Florida seafood dive, and to treat Memphis to a great, fun experience," Indian Pass Raw Bar co-manager Ralph Roberson said in a written statement. "The deck is a big part of why we selected this building. The outside deck is important to our raw bar concept. A place in the outdoors where we can enjoy great seafood, live music, sports on big screen TVs, and other events. This will be more than just another place to eat."

A unique feature at Indian Pass that many Memphians have probably not encountered before is the "honor system" when it comes to keeping track of your own drinks as you wait to be seated.

"When you arrive (patrons 21 and older), simply pick up an orange tab sheet from the hostess and grab your favorite beverage from the self-serve coolers and mark your own tab with what you drink. Like golf, you keep your own score."

With a drink in hand and a simple menu of Apalachicola oysters, shrimp, crab, gumbo, and smoked fish dip, visitors will be able to enjoy live music on the patio or sports on every TV. 

A Florida staple since 1929, Indian Pass Raw Bar, as it was renamed in the 1980s, was recently named one of the 50 best southern bars in Garden & Gun Magazine, one of Southern Living magazine's Top 10 Oyster Houses in the southeast, and a USA Today poll rated it as the second best waterfront oyster shack in the country.

In addition to finding the perfect Memphis location, the restaurant does have another tie to the great state of Tennessee.

Family patriarch James T. McNeill Jr. attended the University of Tennessee while training to be a bomber pilot in World War II. 

Indian Pass Raw Bar owners are still in the planning stages, but renovations to the building at 2059 Madison should begin in the next few weeks. They hope to open in early December. 

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