For­mer Mad Macs chef to open restau­rant in Elk­ton

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By KATIE TABELING kta­bel­ing@ches­pub.com

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.”

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C3n­tral Tav­ern will open at the site of the for­mer Lyons Phar­macy and Lun­cheonette on Main Street in Elk­ton.

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