Former Mad Macs chef to open restaurant in Elkton
Two long-time employees of Mad Macs on South College Avenue plan to leave the business and open their own restaurant in nearby Elkton, Md.
Beckie McMahon, general manager at Mad Mac’s, and her fiancé Max Cramner, a former chef at the restaurant, plan to open C3ntral Tavern on Main Street in Elkton later this year. The restaurant will be able to seat 75 to 90 people once renovations are complete and McMahon said the couple is planning a menu and atmosphere that embodies comfort.
“I love the space and the town, and everyone’s been absolutely amazing,” McMahon said. “We’re planning the menu right now and it includes hearty, American comfort food — wings, fried green tomatoes and burgers.”
There’s two signature burgers on the menu right now: the Central Burger, with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and a sunny-side egg; and the BMC (for Beckie McMahon Cramner) burger topped with bacon, caramelized onion and blue cheese crumbles. Cramner, who is an executive chef trained in Americanstyle food, will be back in the kitchen when “C3” opens for business.
The idea behind C3ntral Tavern is to create a warm, relaxed atmosphere where residents can come for a bite to eat or drink, McMahon said. That’s even reflected in the unique spelling in the eatery’s name.
“Max wanted something that embodied home. The three C’s stand for our family: Cramner, my future last name, our son Cash and our dog Cooper,” she said. “We want to open up a place where everyone knows your name.”
That takes time, and McMahon did not say when C3ntral will open for business but she would “love to be open for St. Patrick’s Day.” Renovation and demolition started last Saturday.
The restaurant will open in the former home of Lyons Pharmacy and Luncheonette at 107 E. Main St., which operated as a family business for 142 years before closing its doors last October. The pharmacy property was sold days later, and eventually leased out to Cramner and McMahon.
Having worked for years at Mad Macs, McMahon said her departure is bittersweet. McMahon worked as a general manager for 12 years, while Cramner was a chef.
“It’s sad and a little scary going off on your own,” she said. “It’s very hard, but this is something we’re passionate about and it’s time to do it. We’re still working on getting the liquor license, but we hope it’s a smooth transition and we can join the good people of Elkton.”
C3ntral Tavern will open at the site of the former Lyons Pharmacy and Luncheonette on Main Street in Elkton.