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Inside Bulloch Business - Shuckin' Shack now open in Statesboro
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Shickin' Shack Oyster Bar off Fair Road in Statesboro.

After months of anticipation, the Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar opened this week for dinner only.  

Statesboro’s newest restaurant is located on Fair Road, beside Wild Wing’s Café. It will expand to lunch and dinner beginning on Monday. After nearly two years of planning and construction, the restaurant is open and, I’m confident you will all agree, it was worth the wait.  

The Shuckin Shack Oyster Bar is a relatively new seafood chain, which was founded in 2007 in Carolina Beach, N.C. Statesboro will be the 15th location and it is unique in that it is the chain’s first restaurant in Georgia and its first freestanding restaurant. It is also twice the size of the typical Shuckin Shack’s. Until now, the average Shuckin Shack is 2,200 to 2,800 square feet and is located in a shopping center. Statesboro’s restaurant is 5,000 square feet and has seating for 100.

They feature, almost exclusively, American caught products including shrimp and oysters on the half shell. Even though their specialty is steamed seafood, their menu also includes fried and grilled options. The restaurant is designed to have a beach shack feel and includes a full bar.

Shuckin’ Shack Franchising CEO Jonathan Weathington is in town for the opening this week and has big expectations for Statesboro.  

“We're so excited to be in Statesboro,” he said. “It reminds me so much of my hometown and where we believe people have a strong desire for great seafood. We promise not to disappoint!”

The Statesboro franchise is owned by local entrepreneurs Tom Scarborough and Allison Judge. The pair prefers to remain in the background and let their management teams run their operations. 

They have a proven track record in the restaurant industry in Statesboro – owning the Wild Wing Café next door. Also, they own the remaining undeveloped land around the two restaurants. They have big plans for the development and have been overwhelmed by the excitement surrounding the Shuckin Shack opening.

Since this is the company’s first free standing restaurant, the franchise owners had a good bit of latitude in designing the restaurant to match the feel of the brand which is a beach shack décor.  Scarborough and Judge’s attention to detail is an indication that this is definitely not their first rodeo.  

They have also localized it with regional images from coastal Georgia and have one area that includes all Statesboro images.  

There are two bars, the oyster bar, which is the centerpiece of the restaurant, and a long side bar, which provides plenty of seating. The outdoor patio is spacious and screened in so customers can enjoy being outside if they choose.

Even though Shuckin’ Shack’s focus is on seafood, there is truly something for everyone. From wings to chicken fingers, non-seafood lovers can enjoy the experience, as well.  

A few of the surprises I experienced, in addition to the variety of options, was the size and freshness of the seafood. The oysters and shrimp were huge. Some of the biggest I have ever seen. The cod and calamari rivaled any you will find on the coast. 

Another surprise were the prices and portion sizes. For the quality of the seafood and the incredible atmosphere they have created, I was expecting a much higher ticket price. I am looking forward to trying their lobster roll, which is the CEO’s favorite item on the menu.

The Shuckin Shack Oyster Bar is located at 26 Independence Way, just off Fair Road, beside Wild Wind Café. They are open now from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Starting on Monday they will expand their hours to include lunch – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – seven days a week. Visit www.shuckinshack.com to learn more.

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