Longtime area restaurateur Phil Duhon has revived Oscar’s Oyster Bar ( at 112 N. Nevada Ave., in the former Brewer’s Republic spot. Oscar’s former home at 333 S. Tejon St. became The Block Bar & Grill in early 2020, just before the pandemic hit and not long after Duhon had rebranded his then-16-year-old eatery into Phil’s Midtown Grill. “I did it wrong,” he says. “Never clean up a dive bar. I should have left it as Oscar’s.”

As for the revival, he says “the timing is right ... Oscar’s is part of the Springs, and the truth is nobody does oysters better than me.” He decided to pull the trigger after putting a teaser out on his Facebook page months ago, asking followers “what if?” And “the response was astonishing,” he says.

He’s partnered with other local operators Perry Sanders (Mining Exchange, The Famous) and Sam Guadagnoli (Cowboy’s, Blondie’s) on this new location, saying “they’ve supported the hell out of me, it’s nice to have them on this.”

Expect a pared-down menu upon opening, to expand later, but you’ll be able to get the classic burgers, pizza, Cajun po’boys, catfish, shrimp, gumbo and, of course, those oysters. Duhon’s also reviving the two-for-one 10-ounce beer mugs and live music. The front and rooftop patios will be in play, but Duhon says plans for the downstairs venue (once the LGBTQ-friendly Underground) remain “top secret.”

Look for an 18th anniversary party (despite two of those years being dark) on June 5, and expect to see Duhon also at Guadagnoli’s soon-to-launch Tejon Eatery project, where he’s acting as general manager.

Food & Drink Editor

Matthew Schniper is the Food and Drink Editor at the Colorado Springs Indy. He began freelancing with the Indy in mid-2004 and joined full-time in early 2006, contributing arts, food, environmental and feature writing.