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Baltimore oysters get the casual treatment

Baltimore oysters get the casual treatment

Whether or not it was pay day, Jasmine Norton would stake out a spot at an oyster bar every Friday. But it was not always easy to convince friends to join her — both the shellfish and the atmosphere in which they were served could be intimidating.

“There was this unwritten rule in certain oyster bars,” Norton said. “Actually it was written. … It would say, ‘business attire required.’”

Now, Norton is among local vendors changing how and where oysters are eaten by dressing the mollusks up and serving them in places where customers can dress down.

She launched a mobile oyster bar, the Urban Oyster, this spring to expand customers’ palates by offering chargrilled oysters...