By Anne Sullivan
Named after Ann’s mother, Mary McIntyre, Mary Mac’s is located just east of Datil between mile markers 77 and 78 on U.S. 60.
“We’ll be having prizes and drawings all day,” says Ann Fillion. “Fur and Feather will hold an Adopt A-Thon. We’ll do face painting for children. Chris Hostetler will provide mule and buggy rides with photos. And there will be music.”
Other special attractions for the Grand Opening include an Arts and Craft Show on the second floor of the building from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Pat Beasley, author of ‘The Tears I Couldn’t Cry,’ will do a book signing and Ann Boulden will present a painting demonstration.
Among the Crafters are: Karen DeRusha – wind chimes and other handcrafted items; Suzan MacKenzie’s leatherworks; Katherina McWhorter’s quilted gifts; Bob Meyer – hand-carved rifle stocks and handmade knives; Barbara Owens – handcrafted items; Laurie Pohl – dried flower holiday decorations; Linda Ravert - handcrafted jewelry and quilts; Debbie Smith – herbs and lotions; Fran Verheyen - knitted hats, scarves; and quilling. The Friends of Baldwin Cabin Public Library will also be selling books.
Mary Mac’s is open every day except Tuesday with daily specials and breakfast served all day. The hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. except on Friday and Saturday when full dinners are served until 8 p.m. Sunday Ann sleeps in and opens at 9 a.m.
“I love food,” Ann says. You can see and taste this love in her quiches, salads, pies, cakes, omelets and everything she cooks. A favorite is The Parker Omelet of steak Asada, sautéed vegetables and cheese. The most-talked-about dessert is her Carmel Bread Pudding. Other local favorites include the bacon cheddar burger, mushroom burger, Asian chicken salad, chipotle chicken wrap, the Kayla cake, a yellow cake with raspberry filling and chocolate icing (to die for) and the fresh ground Patriot coffee. My own personal choices are the quiche, the chocolate cake, the Catron Crunch Salad or any of the daily soups. Mary Mac’s now has sugar-free items and will soon have gluten-free.
The ambiance is warm and friendly. In addition to the attractive main dining room, the Rock Room seating 25 is available for meetings and other occasions.
The Gift Shop sells art, jewelry, tee shirts, handmade cards, handwoven goods, birdhouses, all from local crafters plus gently used books.
“I want Mary Mac’s to be a place to come to,” says Ann Fillion. “Not a place to go to. A place to come to.”