Brooklyn oyster company helped by mentorship program

BROOKLYN, NY (PIX11) – Moody Harney, 37, is the owner of the Real Mother Shuckers. He was able to turn his passion for oysters into a thriving business, including a location on Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill.

Harney grew up in Crown Heights. He loves the food, but says it’s his expertise with oysters that sets him apart. Its objective is to make oysters a food accessible to all.

Harney worked in several New York restaurants for more than 15 years, and he admitted to PIX11 News that he didn’t like oysters at first. It did, however, burst out of its shell when exposed to oysters from different regions.

From now on, seafood is his specialty.

Harney started with a box of oysters, and now — five years later — he has carts in Industry City and Governors Island. He also has a collaboration with BK Lobster.

A turning point for Harney’s business was receiving support from a program called Together We Thrive, he said. The program was launched by United Way of NYC in 2021. It helps support Black-owned businesses, providing mentorship, coaching, and access to capital.

Harney is now launching a citywide campaign that he says will get people to “eat their oysters. He calls for support from the city and celebrities.

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