For sixth year, BK Shuckers offers free Thanksgiving dinner

By on November 18, 2018

BK Shuckers in Kitty Hawk

When Ronnie Merrell opened BK Shuckers Oyster and Sports Bar six years ago, he picked up a tradition begun by Randy Culp at the old Wharf restaurant in Nags Head years before – offering a free Thanksgiving meal for the community.

“No questions asked,” Merrell said. The dinner is a thank-you for “a great community that has been so supportive of our business.”

The meal begins at noon and includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, gravy, green beans and pumpkin pie. The restaurant is open until 11 p.m., and food’s never run out in the past, Merrell said.


BK Shuckers will be collecting donations for the Beach Food Pantry during the traditional meal, but donations aren’t required.

This year, Merrell would also like to deliver Thanksgiving plates to the elderly, homebound or anyone who can’t make it out to the restaurant. He’s looking not only for folks who may need a plate delivered, but volunteers to take it to them.

Call 252-261-7800 or email the restaurant here if you know of someone in need of a delivered meal, or you’re able to deliver.

BK Shuckers is at 4020 N. Croatan Highway in Kitty Hawk.



  • surf123

    I can only hope that no one takes advantage of his generosity nor that of Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet.

    Sunday, Nov 18 @ 3:57 pm
  • Michael

    First class. We have a lot of good people here in our community

    Monday, Nov 19 @ 5:15 am
  • Jim

    This is great. I am so impressed with this kind gesture. I live in Avon, but I’ll make it a point to give my business to BK Shuckers every time I’m in the Kitty Hawk area. Nice job, BKS!

    Monday, Nov 19 @ 9:39 am
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