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Best Seafood Franchises to Buy in 2021

Seafood franchises aren’t the typical fried fish and all-you-can-eat crab feasts anymore.

The pandemic brought on a burger and pizza feast for much of the U.S., but don’t overlook the moment seafood is having right now. With the world shifting its focus to protecting the oceans and a need for sustainable protein, seafood has emerged as a viable alternative to other meats. 

Plus, with poke bowls sweeping the nation as a high-protein healthy dish, the growth potential becomes almost as vast as the sea itself.  

1851 Franchise has compiled its top seafood franchises for 2021. 

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar

The Greene Turtle Bar & Grille

  • Startup Costs: $1,455,000-$1,757,500
  • Units: 37


  • Startup Costs: $263,000-$661,000
  • Units: 56

Captain D’s LLC 

  • Startup Costs: $1,000,000-$1,200,000
  • Units: 529

Cousins Maine Lobster

  • Startup Costs: $187,000-$815,000
  • Units: 37

Aloha Poke Co. 

  • Startup Costs: $139,000-$358,000
  • Units: 14

LemonShark Poke 

  • Startup Costs: $342,000-$866,000
  • Units: 20

Lobster Joint

  • Startup Costs: $696,000-$996,000
  • Units: 2


  • Startup Costs: $448,000-$758,000
  • Units: 6