Business Owner to Open Seafood Restaurant with Option for 3rd Location> Charleston Business Journal


As Bees Ferry Road continues to explode in housing, the West Ashley Circle Center is expanding to meet the growing needs of residents.

Harris rocking, and its new service station, anchors the center, with a Starbucks, a veterinary practice, a dentist, a Mexican restaurant, a salon and more filling the parking lot any time or day.

The newest neighbor to the center is a seafood restaurant, which already has customers calling for the doors to be opened.

Shuckin ‘Shack Oyster Bar is the second restaurant owned by Jason Thorpe, who currently owns and operates the Summerville franchise of the same name. He has a letter of intent to open a third restaurant in the near future.

Shuckin ‘Shack specializes in shrimp, mussels, and clams, with seafood-free offerings for the earthlings and eight beers on tap.

“We really focus on fresh seafood, high quality seafood and a great atmosphere,” Thorpe said. “It’s kind of our culture and what we’re trying to serve.”

The first Shuckin ‘Shack Oyster Bar opened in Carolina Beach, NC in 2017 as a 900 square foot restaurant serving seafood. Seven years later, the restaurant is franchised and now has 16 locations in five states.

Thorpe, who has spent nearly two decades in the food and beverage industry, first signed as a franchisee in December 2014, opening his Summerville restaurant the following April.

The demographics of the Grand Oaks location attracted it to the number two location, especially with traffic from the neighbor Shadow moss, Hunt Club and the most recent Ashton Woods Point at the junction of Rhodes.

The 2,200 square foot space, with 1,100 square feet for dining, has 11 bar tables and seats to serve approximately 70 people at a time.

Thorpe is set to complete renovations to the space before it opens later this month. Finishing touches include 10 TVs, all with NFL Sunday ticket.

“We hope to be the restaurant of choice, the bar of choice for all of the residents around us who are looking for this kind of sports bar,” Thorpe said.

Contact Teri Errico Griffis at 843-849-3144.

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