Locals Seafood started with a single item for sale: the humble shrimp. In 2010, college buddies Lin & Ryan began selling Stumpy Point shrimp out of a tailgate cooler on the side of the road in Raleigh, North Carolina. The story starts a bit earlier, though.
Ryan was living in the Outer Banks a few years before that tailgate cooler. His fishermen friends would bring over freshly caught fish every night. They would feast on pan-seared sheepshead, crispy soft-shell crabs, and boiled shrimp. Having spent much of his life in the NC piedmont, Ryan wondered why folks further inland didn’t have better access to this resource. After moving back inland himself, he called his buddy Lin with an idea. Could they bring this fresh product to Triangle chefs, grocery stores, and consumers? Would these folks want to eat fish like monkfish, mullet, and mackerel?
The answer was a resounding yes. Locals Seafood is still dedicated to that original idea today. Our crew drives to the coast 3 to 4 times a week to buy super fresh premium seafood straight from the source. We bring this product back to Raleigh, where we cut, pack, and sell it through various sources. Whether it be straight to restaurants, through farmers markets or at either of our two namesake restaurants, you are guaranteed to get the freshest product always.