A World of Oysters at Saltwater in Inverness


This was originally published on Remodelista

With the exception of Manka’s Inverness Lodge, which lost its restaurant after a fire in 2006, the quiet town of Inverness has long lacked a decent place to dine (ironic given that this is sustainable, farming-friendly West Marin). Much to the delight of locals, Luc Chamberland (who began at Manka’s) fulfilled a 20-year dream with the opening of Saltwater Oyster Depot in 2012.

To launch his business, he independently crowd sourced the requisite $50,000 for operating costs. The result? An airy, light-filled restaurant offering local oysters, fish, and a seasonally changing menu with accessibly priced beer and wine on tap. In short, a great new Inverness hangout for locals and tourists alike. 

Above L: The zinc-covered plywood tables were made by Eclipse Design in Petaluma. Above R: The Nelson Cigar Lamps are from Y Lighting.

 Saltwater’s pastry chef Stacy Lauer oversaw the restaurant design. The space was formerly a pizza restaurant; Lauer took out the beams to open up the room and reveal the skylights, and added a wall of built-in shelving for storage and wine display. The raw, simple beveled-edge countertop is by Concreteworks in Oakland, with beadboard paneling beneath.

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