As you may or may not know, there is an oyster bar in Clemmons that has gotten rave reviews and been open since July 4th weekend, 2003. This past week, I had the opportunity to speak to Rob Fox who with the owner’s son Rob Russell manages the Full Moon Oyster Bar. The actual owner is Randy Russell. Randy and 4 of his friends are avid anglers with a love of seafood.
Randy’s drive behind opening the bar was that he and his 4 friends wanted an old fashioned coastal style oyster steam house closer to his home in Lewisville. He travelled up and down the East coast exploring and asking questions about what it would take to make a successful oyster steam house. The result is a bar that seats 50 and an interior designed to make you think you are at the coast (any coast). There are no tables, so as with most bars, by the end of your meal you have met the person next to you who may turn into a friend. The motto of the bar is “Come as a stranger and leave as a friend”.
Rob says that opening the restaurant turned into a Labor of Love due to all of the hands that came forward to pitch in with building the interior of the bar. By the time they put the open sign up there were people lined up ready willing and able to eat. Rob calls that time a “honeymoon” period.
One thing that stands out to the patrons is the freshness of the seafood. Rob says that most of the food hits the table within 36 hours of it being caught. Some of that comes from the owner also owning the Big Tuna seafood Company right here in Winston. That wholesale company was born of necessity when Randy wanted more control over what he was getting. The 125 restaurants it serves get the best of the best in their choices of fresh seafood from around the globe. At the Oyster bar, besides the fresh seafood, you can also enjoy steak & chicken. The most often asked for meal is the Full Moon Entrée, which has a dose of just about everything and will satisfy the hunger of 2 people.
Rob and I also talked about the customers that come in. When you visit, you could be seated next to families with visiting relatives or business associates conducting meetings. That diversity makes for an enjoyable and welcoming experience for all.
The Full Moon Bar is open to have franchises but according to Rob it will take blood sweat and tears to make it successful. Part of that success comes from having a staff of “shuckers” who are friendly, and full of personality. Evidently some of them even have their own following.
If you have a love of seafood or just want to expand your taste buds, visit the Full Moon Oyster Bar in Clemmons, North Carolina. Rob and his team will make it a memorable experience. The restaurant is located at 1473 River Ridge Dr., Clemmons, NC. The phone number is (336)-712-8200. They are open at 4pm every day with varied closing times.
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As always, thanks for reading and I will continue to feed you the great places to eat in North and South Carolina