Steamy Oyster

Nestled in the pit of Hollywood itself, this hip bar and club is the top spot for A-listers and strange folk alike. With a history dating as far back as the late 1880’s, where founder Gigi Whitmoore helped to construct a rest-spot for the workers who developed the city. What was then a community called, Cahuenga, Gigi managed to improve the structure and expanded into accomodate a bar. At this time, the establishment was called, “The Ramshackled Den”.

As the community expanded, rivalries brewed between the Whitmoore clan and the Whitley family. Despite the Whitmoores having an established presence in Cahuenga, H.J. Whitley had the connections that eventually propelled him to the title “The Father of Hollywood”. Ousted from a position of renown, Whitley expanded his ventures into various businesses and ultimately bought-out the Whitmoore establishment.

After a decade under the control of Whitley, the Den was transformed to “The Steamy Oyster”. Run by Whitley’s friend, Elijah Walker, the control of the business slipped out of the Whitmoore’s hands. As the Oyster became a part of Hollywood’s red-light district, it never grew to a substantial business. It would be another five years before Whitley detached his name and Elijah Walker disappeared from the scene.

Going through multiple managers between 1908 up until 1911, The Steamy Oyster found itself a very sophisticated yet demure investor by the name of, Basilio Vasquez, a Spanish Don seeking to make a stake in California. Ousting the brothel nature of the place, Basilio converted the Oyster to a lounge, yet retained the notoriety in its seedy reputation. This business tactic was quite successful, as it attracted mobsters and power-players alike.

Basilio himself married one of the Whitmoore girls, believing in the strength of establishing a lineage from its native soil. This allowed for a firm root in spreading influence throughout the growing Hollywood, especially during the time where Los Angeles annexed Hollywood in the mid 1910s.

After a few decades of control, there was a falling-out in the Steamy Oyster. A shady deal between Basilio and Baby Face Nelson, concerning a transplant of John Dillinger’s operations, led to speculations of Basilio selling out to the east-coast mobsters. Blackmailed by both law-enforcement and the mob, Basilio went into hiding with his wife, leaving the rest of the Whitmoore family to run the establishment.

Today, the Whitmoore dynasty still operates the Steamy Oyster, but does not show themselves publicly. Renowned for its deep, yet vibrant blue wallscapes, soft-lit lights, and neo-gothic decor, the Steamy Oyster maintains its reputation as “The party-spot after the party.” Antony White is supposedly the 6th generation of Whitmoore to run the Steamy Oyster, who never shows his face. But to those that have seen Antony, would swear that he moves and dresses like a man from an era long gone.

Amongst the supernatural, this is the best spot to find information on the happenings of Los Angeles. Aside from La Casa Muerte, in East Los Angeles, The Steamy Oyster is the most accessible to the non-Kindred aligned.

Steamy Oyster

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