Share Your Photos with The Optimist

Have a favorite photograph from your family’s beach vacation? Share it and it could end up on the walls of Chef Ford Fry’s highly anticipated new restaurant.

The Optimist, a seafood restaurant and oyster bar opening in May, is asking future guests to help create its relaxed, oceanic feel by submitting photographs. Suitable photos include images of surfside fun — from fishing, surfing and other water sports to playing in the sand and relaxing with family and friends on the beach.

The Optimist and The Oyster Bar at The Optimist will feature a menu focused on sustainable seafood prepared in a wood-burning grill and oven. The oyster bar will be more casual, with a raw bar and shellfish selections that encourage sharing.

The name of the restaurant was suggested by Fry’s father, who enjoys sailing. It is a term for a small sailing dinghy used by children, and also refers to the upbeat attitude felt towards catching the next big fish.

To submit your photo email the file to or mail printed photos to Kimberly Powell’s attention at JCT. Kitchen & Bar (1198 Howell Mill Road, Suite 18, Atlanta, GA 30318). The restaurant’s designer Smith Hanes will be creating storyboards using these photos over the coming weeks.

The Optimist and The Oyster Bar at The Optimist are located at 914 Howell Mill Road in Atlanta. For more information visit

photograph: fresh oysters on the beach in Cap Ferret, France