Mary Mac's Tea Room

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Mary Mac's Tea Room

224 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308

(404) 876-1800

For over 60 years, Mary Mac's Tea Room has been setting the standard for southern cuisine in Atlanta. Business professionals, celebrities, families, and world travelers all dine at Mary Macs and feel right at home.
Work hours

Monday 11:00 - 21:00

Tuesday 11:00 - 21:00

Wednesday 11:00 - 21:00

Thursday 11:00 - 21:00

Friday 11:00 - 21:00

Saturday 11:00 - 21:00

Sunday 11:00 - 21:00

Mary Mac’s Tea Room doors first opened in 1945 when Mary McKenzie decided to use her good Southern cooking to make money in the tough post-World War II days. In those days, a woman couldn’t just open up a restaurant, so many female proprietors used the more genteel Southern name of “Tea Room.” Ponce de Leon Avenue sported clanking trolley cars, the Atlanta Crackers Baseball team and tents serving ice cold watermelons. There were many ornate movie theaters like the Fox Theatre just down the street. And there were at least 16 other Tea Rooms around intown Atlanta with Mary Mac’s being the only one of them left.

In the early 1960s, Margaret Lupo bought Mary Mac’s and over the next 30 years grew it into a larger restaurant by buying up property next door to it and expanding. She was a hard working business woman who loved Southern cooking and brought Mary Mac's from a small little Tea Room to one of the South's best known restaurants. She accomplished all this during a time when there were very few women in business and it would be difficult for any woman to secure a bank loan. Click here to read Serenbe's Marie Nygren's blog about the early days of Mary Macs. It contains some great insight and history on Mary Macs. Marie is the daughter of Margaret Lupo.

The current owner, John Ferrell, purchased Mary Mac’s in 1994. He was actually hand-chosen by Margaret Lupo to take over her beloved restaurant. And he has not let her down as he continues a great tradition of Southern cuisine and hospitality. The location has stayed the same, and the food remains nearly identical to what it was over sixty years ago.
Mary Mac's Tea Room is a historic restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia, serving Southern cuisine. Every morning the workers shuck bushels of corn, hand wash selected greens and snap the fresh green beans by hand. Breads and desserts are baked on the premises. The restaurant is located in the Midtown district at 224 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE. The current owner is John Ferrell. Wikipedia
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224 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308

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