Dark, serious Hugo's is all about exquisitely prepared food, plated with precision. Its brand new sibling just next door, however, is bright and bold, with a great granite trough of oysters as its centerpiece and a rustic, casual menu. Owners Andrew Taylor, Arlin Smith and Michael Wiley say they had the concept for Eventide Oyster Company in mind when they bought Hugo's in May from Rob Evans. Since the trio all worked at Hugo's under Evans, little has changed (nor should it, say fans) in that award-winning formula; Eventide is their fresh stamp. The opening menu includes 18 varieties of oysters - nine from Maine and nine listed as "from away" - all shucked by hand to order. Eventide is open 7 days from 11 a.m. to midnight.
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