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Back in 2012, University of North Carolina-Wilmington senior, Matt Khouri from Eldersburg, Maryland was closing in on crunch time for a final senior project. He had an idea, but putting it on paper and developing a business plan was a daunting task.
The idea was to replicate a family beach tradition of steaming up a huge pot of potatoes, fresh corn, andouille sausage and shrimp, then dumping it on a covered table and sharing it with friends and family. Folks would stand around peeling shrimp, eating, drinking beer and raving about how something so simple could taste so good! Those beach parties were legendary and Matt saw an opportunity to create a business that would allow other folks to share in that experience with the best seafood available.
As a college senior living on Wrightsville Beach, NC, much of Matt's time was spent surfing the waves rather than surfing the internet to complete his project. He earned a "C" for his efforts.
After graduation Matt returned to Corolla in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with a new puppy named Jackson and a half-baked business plan.
Over the next few summers Matt worked multiple day jobs while doing boils for folks at their vacation homes in the evenings. The first year only 10, the next year 30, 60 in year three, and by year four Matt was doing well over 100 events! With each passing season, Matt dropped the day jobs and focused more on the boils.
In 2016 Matt had outgrown his apartment kitchen and opened his first location as a prep kitchen for catered boils. In order to accommodate smaller groups or folks that wanted to experience a boil without having a full catered event, the team began offering a take out version of “The Best Pot on the Beach”.
Since 2016, Outer Banks Boil Company has held Trip Advisor's number 1 restaurant ranking in Corolla, the entire OBX and all of coastal North Carolina along with numerous other kudos and accolades from visitor and travel guides.
In 2018 with the help of another UNCW grad, Will Jenkins and a childhood friend, Ryan Miller, “The Best Pot on the Beach” opened in Ocean City, MD serving OC and the southern Delaware beaches. 2019 saw the opening of the second Outer Banks location. Matt, along with yet another UNCW grad Kirk Lamb and local Corolla kitchen extraordinaire, Justin Seekford, opened in Kitty Hawk,NC.
The Outer Banks Boil Company brand has since entered the world of franchising, to take the brand nationwide! The first franchise location opened in 2020 in Charlottesville Va, taking the brand off the beach and moving inland as "the Best Pot in Town". 2021 will see the expansion of franchise efforts with 2 more locations opening this Spring, one in Virginia Beach, Va. and the other in St Pete Beach, Florida.