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Duke Eversmeyer, longtime customer

Bowens Island Restaurant

A native of New Orleans, Duke Eversmeyer has been a customer of Bowens Island Restaurant since the 1970s. He relocated to Charleston in 1971, when he was stationed at a submarine base there, during the Vietnam War. Charleston immediately felt like home. Not only did Duke find similarities to New Orleans, he also had family in Charleston. The first time his family took him to Bowens Island Restaurant, he was suspicious. But after interacting with Jimmy Bowen and tasting those roasted marsh oysters, he was hooked. Today, Duke calls Metairie, Louisiana, home, but he still makes a point of heading to Bowen’s Island every time he visits his family in Charleston.

Date of interview:
2007-03-23 00:00

Amy Evans


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