Have you been missing those to-die-for cinnamon rolls? Or the warm cup of pot likker?
The wait is almost over! Mary Mac’s will reopen on Nov. 2 for to-go orders only and then will reopen all dining rooms to dine-in guests the following week on Nov. 9.
The restaurant also is encouraging guests to plan ahead and place holiday bulk orders online.
The caretaker of “Atlanta’s Dining Room” will be new owner Harold Martin, Jr., a local businessman and experienced restaurant operator. Martin was chosen by previous owner, John Ferrell, who after owning the restaurant for nearly 26 years, sought to find a buyer who shared his commitment to preserving the legacy of Mary Mac’s.
“I’ve been eating at Mary Mac’s for over 20 years, ever since I moved to Atlanta,” says Martin. “As a longtime customer, I understand what makes Mary Mac’s special, and I look forward to working with our team members to maintain those traditions. Southern food represents family, and Mary Mac’s always makes you feel like family.
Mary Mac’s traditions are the fabric of what Atlanta was built on; a place where we survive the test of time, where all are welcomed with open arms, and where each guest feels at home each time they return. We’ll be using the same recipes that Mary Mac’s has been using for decades and offering the same made-from-scratch dishes guests know and love, served up by the same staff who have become a part of our families over the years.”
Remembering the Past
For those who are wondering why we mention Mary Mac’s alone, when dozens of other Atlanta restaurants are opening as well? Because the history to us something that should not be forgotten.
Mary Mac’s opened in 1945 in the aftermath of World War II near Peachtree Street on Ponce de Leon Avenue. At the time, it was one of 16 tearooms in Atlanta and seated 75 guests.
Today, Mary Mac’s is the only original tearoom that remains. The restaurant has expanded to 13,000 square feet, occupying several storefronts, and with nearly $10 million in annual sales, it is one of the city’s five-largest restaurants. The restaurant maintains many of the cooking traditions that date back to its founding nearly 75 years ago; shucking bushels of corn, handwashing greens, and snapping fresh green beans by hand each morning.
Over the years, Mary Mac’s has welcomed many famous visitors, including Dalai Lama, Congressman John Lewis, James Brown, Beyonce, Senator Hillary Clinton, Alan Jackson and President Jimmy Carter.
To an amazing past, and a new future….I’ll save you a piece of cornbread. Just don’t be late.
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