Next time you visit one of the dozen Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bars operating today, you may discover a large wooden table with an odd hole in the center. Several of our restaurants have special oyster shell tables that allow for buckets to be dropped into the center to capture the left over shells once the oyster has been consumed. Much like the Skip the Straw program, our oyster shell recycling program is another environmental program that originated with our Carolina Beach, NC Shuckin' Shack nearly a decade ago. Today, more than half of our franchisees participate with a state shell recycling program to help keep local waterways clean.
Our Greenville Shuckin' Shack franchisee was recently recognized by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources as the first Upstate restaurant to help build up SC oyster beds. SCDNR officials claim that South Carolina has a critical shortage of oyster shell needed to sustain oyster habitats in the state and they call on all businesses to voluntarily recycle oyster shell. According to the SCDNR 2017 report, our Greenville Shuckin' Shack was solely responsible for providing 750 bushels of shell, or 2.5% of all oyster shells South Carolina recycled last year!
Upon hearing about the report, Shuckin' Shack co-founder, Matt Piccinin, commented, "The oyster shell recycling program is something that we are proud to have been participating in for over ten years. We are excited to start moving the program inland and that more states are now recognizing the need for shell recycling and sustainable fisheries."
While our two existing Shuckin' Shack locations in South Carolina will soon be joined by three new restaurants being constructed in Little River, Greenville and Summerville, we are still seeking franchise partners for the Columbia market! If you are seriously considering franchise business ownership in 2019, please watch our short video and request our Franchise Information Kit by clicking here!