EXTREME MAKEOVER: Old Flamingo Café restaurant building revamping for 'casual' flair

Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM.

Phillps’ sister, Ashley, came up with the name Boshamp’s. It's a combination of Phillips’ three Labradors’ names and his initials: Bobo, Otis, Shug, and AMP.

“It’s so difficult to come up with an oyster bar name that's not already taken, and Boshamp's easily met that criteria, plus it’s a catchy name and it's impossible not to love my dogs,” said Phillips.

The restaurant’s specialty will be its oysters. It will also serve old Flamingo Cafe specials and “every type of local seafood prepared in every way imaginable.”

“We'll have fresh Apalachicola oysters year round, prepared any way you'd like — fried, steamed, baked, or raw with any and all toppings you can come up with,” he said. “We'll also have fresh-steamed blue crabs, fresh fish and shrimp, and basically whatever is in season.”

Phillips summed up Boshamp’s overall appeal as “sort of an ‘organic seafood’ restaurant — caught here, cooked here, the way it should be.”

His goal is to provide great seafood in a comfortable atmosphere to both Destin locals and tourists.

“Obviously, I want to cater to the tourists as well, but want to take care of the people I grew up with and plan on growing old with,” said Phillips. “My restaurant will be the place you ate at on your lunch break and the same place you're going to bring your out-of-town guests and family to every time they come visit.”

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