This restaurant owner carried out her late husband’s dream of giving their beach town an oyster bar

“After he passed away, I was determined more than ever to bring his dream to a reality,” Moore St. Oyster Bar owner, Suzanne Landis said speaking about her late husband.

“After he passed away, I was determined more than ever to bring his dream to a reality,” Moore St. Oyster Bar owner, Suzanne Landis said speaking about her late husband.

Southport didn’t have an oyster bar before Moore Street Oyster Bar.

Landis thinks that’s kind of ironic for a coastal town to not have an oyster bar.

“We really felt that this town needed an oyster bar,” Landis said. “Most seaport towns have oyster bars, or should have them, because when people go to the coast, they enjoy eating oysters.”

Moore Street Oyster Bar would have been the second restaurant the couple owned together.

Moore Street Oyster Bar oysters
Moore Street Oyster Bar oysters

They started Oliver’s in Southport in 2015.

Suzanne said Oliver came to her with the idea to start the restaurant on a whim one day.

“We had never discussed being in the restaurant business,” Landis said. “But he came home one day and said, ‘We’re going to buy that building on the waterfront and build a restaurant that we would like to eat at.’”

Obviously, Suzanne was surprised, as this came out of nowhere from a man that worked in the textile business.

But Suzanne says Oliver was an entrepreneur in that way and was always full of surprises.

So she went with it.

A couple years later, one of their favorite Southport restaurants, The Pharmacy, announced they were closing.

Oliver saw this as the perfect time and place to open his dream oyster bar restaurant and bring something to the Southport community that they had never had before.

Enter: The Moore Street Oyster Bar.

Unfortunately, shortly into the renovation process, Oliver became sick and passed away before he was able to see his dream become a reality.

Oliver and Suzanne (Source: Suzanne Landis)
Oliver and Suzanne (Source: Suzanne Landis)

But that didn’t stop Suzanne. She continued with the renovation and opened the restaurant because she says it’s what Oliver would have wanted.

“I clearly had a lot of people to say, ‘You’re crazy.’” Landis said. “But if I didn’t have the team that I have, I wouldn’t have pursued it.”

Her team that she is referring to, came entirely from Oliver’s.

After Hurricane Florence in September 2018, Oliver’s had to close temporarily due to storm damage. That allowed for all the staff to move up the street with Suzanne to Moore Street Oyster Bar.

Moore Street Oyster Bar officially opened their doors in November 2018.

If you’re not an oyster person, don’t worry. Chef Dustin has crafted a large menu with a wide variety of items for you to choose from.

Steamer pots, fish and chips, lobster, grilled cheese sandwiches, salads, seafood chowder, and many bar food items such as pickle fries and more are just some of the items on their menu.

Steamer pot from Moore Street Oyster Bar
Steamer pot from Moore Street Oyster Bar

Not to mention the drinks.

“One of our big attractions in addition to our oysters, is our high end bourbon selection,” Landis said. “Our local ABC team really looks out for us and whenever they can get their hands on something hard to find, they’ll bring it to us.”

They have Pappy Van Winkle and Four Roses among many other bourbons they offer.

Landis says her favorite part about the new restaurant is her team.

“It’s just a great group to be around.”

As for what she thinks Oliver would think of the restaurant, Landis says he would be very pleased.