WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—After being approved by the Wrightsville Beach Board of Alderman last month, Topsail Steamer is now open in Wrightsville Beach, right in time for the upcoming summer season.
In the Landing Shopping Center on Causeway Drive, Topsail Steamer builds customizable seafood steam pots
Steam pots start out with a Topsail Steamer signature base and customers choose what toppings they want added.
“All of our steam pots have our base of corn and potatoes, homemade seasoning, cocktail sauce, butter, paper for the table, everything,” Topsail Steamer’s owner, Danielle Mahon, said.
Customers pick from a combination of kielbasa sausage, littleneck clams, shrimp, snow crab legs to add to the pot to take home. From there, the pot needs water–or beer–and 40 minutes on a stove top.
“It’s great for vacationers to come in and have a group, but if you live here and want dinner for two, it’s just swing by, pick it up,” Mahoon said.
Mahoon opened up shop Thursday, May 24, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. For people who are unfamiliar with the concept of buildable seafood steam pots, Mahoon said the storefront location is there to help guide folks along.
“Because it’s such a unique concept people come in and are like, ‘OK, how does it work?'” she said.
Once customers get used to the pot they like, Mahoon said people get in the swing of calling in their custom orders.
“I think its 50-50 for people that like to come in and see it built and want to pick from here,” she said. “We find that the repeat customers just call in and want it ready when they get here.”
The shop also carries “farm to island” pies and cornbread from Sugar Island, a Topsail Island-based bakery.
Mahoon said walk-ins, call-ins and online orders are welcome at Topsail Steamer.
“New customers always come in just for the experience,” she said.
Though Mahoon plans to roll-out a delivery service, for now, customers can pick up their steam pots on Causeway Drive.
Topsail Steamer will be open 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
For more information on Topsail Steamer and to review their offerings, visit its website here.
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