Blue Island Oyster Bar

Sean Huggard
Owner and Chief Decision Maker
Blue Island Oyster Bar & Seafood
Denver, Colorado might not come to mind as being a seafood destination, but restauranteur, Sean Huggard, has set out to change that tune. His now famous Blue Island Oyster Bar & Seafood, is billed as Denver’s Best Seafood Restaurant, and looking at Sean’s resume and pedigree, it’s easy to see why.

His interest in cooking took shape when he was eight years old, and nothing has stopped him since. His Uncle Frank was a bartending pro who reveled in whipping up Swedish meatballs and French onion soup with the adolescent Sean by his side. Sean later worked in a deli making sandwiches in high school, and from there, it was onto a fancier restaurant in Easton, Massachusetts, where he honed his cooking skills more frequently than his classroom skills. Later, Sean graduated from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and became an Executive Chef at a top-notch restaurant in the tourist-forward mecca of Nantucket.


He Started Something Incredible

Sean learned every aspect of the hospitality business from the kitchen to front of house, and from the back office to HR, by managing a restaurant group with over $100 million in sales. But Sean’s father was an entrepreneur and that same itch needed to be scratched by Sean. A chance meeting with the owner of Blue Island Oyster Company was the catalyst Sean needed to prepare for the launch of Blue Island Oyster Bar & Seafood, one of the few restaurants in the U.S. completely aligned with an oyster farm. “Let’s face it,” said Sean. “I wanted the best products and I wanted to be as close to the source as possible. That’s why my affiliation with Blue Oyster Provisions is so important.”

With the help of IncredibleBank, Sean was able to not only launch his Denver restaurant, but also buy-out his partners all in a period of 30 days. “Frankly, IncredibleBank gave me my life back. They allowed me to restructure my business and assisted me with all of the challenges that the pandemic threw at us,” said Sean.

The Ultimate Recipe For Success


“My partnership with IncredibleBank is, well, incredible,” proclaims Sean. “It has transcended banking, financing and borrowing, and is now on a very personal level. That for me is a true partnership.” Sean’s goal, with the help of IncredibleBank, of course, is to grow the Blue Island brand, and that growth is already starting. 

A second location, about 20 minutes south of Denver, recently opened, and a third location, in the high density downtown area near Coors Field in a neighborhood called Union Station, is also taking shape. This concept will be a bit more casual, even whimsical, a true nod to Sean’s time spent on the islands. “In the end, I plan on growing this business to more than $15 million in sales by the end of 2023, and that goal would never be achievable without IncredibleBank. I must tell you; this bank is unlike any other. They really care about my success, my family, and my future. It’s quite an extraordinary approach to banking.”













































































































“My partnership with IncredibleBank is, well, incredible,” proclaims Sean. “It has transcended banking, financing and borrowing, and is now on a very personal level. That for me is a true partnership.”

Sean Huggard
Owner and Chief Decision Maker
Blue Island Oyster Bar & Seafood

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