The Miller Legacy
The iconic Oyster House in Everglades City was first opened in 1983 by resident,
Billy Potter and served as the area’s heart and soul for both dining and entertainment.
As Potter’s health began to decline, the Miller Family purchased the restaurant in 1992.
Coming from the north, Mr and Mrs Miller or, “Poppa Bob” and “Miss Patti” as they are now
affectionately known as, had to overcome the fact that the locals saw them as “Damn Yankees”.
Not an easy task, but one that would would ultimately make them trusted family friends.
The Millers went on to continue the legendary, Old Florida dining experiences that attracted tourists from across
the globe. Commonly referred to as “Florida's Last Frontier’, Everglades City was a trip back in time, a city built of
hard work in the hot sun from burly crabbers and salty sea captains - some of which suffered from the smuggler’s blues.
The Oyster House was where everyone, locals and visitors came to eat, drink and be merry.
In recent years, two of the Miller children, James and Jillian had begun to take the helm with bright ideas and clear
visions of new directions for their family business. Even greater success seemed imminent.
Providing spirited dining, catering and event facilities, The Oyster House provided fresh
seafood and local fare until that fateful day in September 2017 when a nasty old sea witch
named Irma came blustering through and toppled her to ruins.
The 28 year legacy had come to an end.
But, as “Miss Patty” says, “Out of something bad, something good will come.”
and so, a star is born. An oySTAR….The Pearl Naples.