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Mary Mac’s Tea Room – Genuine Old Atlanta


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For decades, Atlanta has been a growing city constantly paving over and building up, so it’s always a pleasure to know that there are some pieces of Atlanta history – of the old Atlanta – that are still there. A perfect example of a surviving landmark is Mary Mac’s Tea Room. This Atlanta tradition opened its doors in 1945 and has stayed so close to its origins of good southern cooking that Mary MacKenzie would still recognize the menu. Mary Mac’s Tea Room was one of more than a dozen opened by enterprising women in the post-war years. Many of them were widowed and seeking a way to earn an income in a world that wasn’t quite ready for women restaurateurs yet. Tea rooms were sort of an in between respectable vocation. Mary Mac’s Tea Room having been through just two owners since then is the only Tea Room left in Atlanta and still in its original (expanded) location. You don’t get much more genuine old Atlanta than that, do you?

I always love to tackle local landmarks and Mary Mac’s Tea Room to me has that classic vibe of a southern eatery. The outside is tidy and neat but unassuming. Only the big vintage red sign tells you that a restaurant is inside. It’s been my experience that some of the best southern cooking comes in modest restaurants that barely even have a sign so Mary Mac’s Tea Room is a cut above the rest on that point. And since I love a pop of red, that classic sign was a fun part of this Midtown Atlanta art print.

In fact Mary Mac’s Tea Room is so classically Atlanta that it was mentioned in an episode of the hit TV series, Designing Women. In the episode titled “The Women of Atlanta” Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter) suggested if the photographer was looking for the real women of Atlanta he should try “the blue-haired ladies that play bridge over at Mary Mac’s Tea Room.” Doesn’t that paint a beautiful picture?

I’d love to hear what brings you to this particular old Atlanta art print? Have you eaten at Mary Mac’s Tea Room? Maybe you haunted the place as a student at nearby Georgia Tech? Whatever called you here, if you’re looking for a genuine piece of Old Atlanta, I think you’ve found it here. I would love if you took a few moments to share your connection to this Atlanta art print and feel free to ask any questions that might help you in your search for Atlanta art for sale.


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