Mary Mac’s will reopen this November 2 under Taco Mac, CEO, Harold Martin, Jr.
Atlanta’s beloved Southern fare restaurant, Mary Mac’s Tea Room will reopen this November just in time for its 75th anniversary after having been closed since March. [Featured image via Mary Mac’s Facebook]
In a press release yesterday, Taco Mac CEO, Harold Martin, Jr., announced his newly acquired ownership of Mary Mac’s Tea Room as well as his intention to reopen the restaurant this November.
“I’ve been eating at Mary Mac’s for over 20 years, ever since I moved to Atlanta,” said 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.”
In addition to retaining the restaurant’s menu, Harold plans to keep the entirety of restaurant’s 100+ staff members, with the exception of Ms. Ellen, who recently passed away.
“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,” Martin said in the release.
“Sadly, Mr. Martin will reopen the restaurant without his favorite server, Ms. Ellen, who initially welcomed him to Mary Mac’s over 20 years ago and recently passed away. As a tribute to Ms. Ellen, one of the six dining rooms at Mary Mac’s will be renamed ‘Ms. Ellen’s Room’ in her honor.”
On November 2, the restaurant will reopen for to-go orders only. The following week, November 9, Mary Mac’s will re-open its dining rooms for dine-in guests.
“While our menu will remain largely unchanged (including the complimentary cup of pot likker and cornbread muffin served to each first-time diner), we will reopen with rigorous COVID-19 safety precautions to keep each staff member and guest safe during their dining experience,” the restaurant wrote on its website. “Additionally, Mary Mac’s will introduce convenient online ordering and curbside pick-up for guests who want to enjoy their menu favorites at home. Please click here to learn more about our safety precautions.”