“McAtee’s 45″ Restaurant reborn. An Ellsworth landmark gets a new lease on life.
Many of us old-timers remember well when Frank and Bert McAtee took the plunge and built a restaurant on the very lonesome stretch of the newly constructed 45 highway that skirted Ellsworth. It later became highway 156. It was a huge gamble for the McAtee’s who had owned and operated a very successful restaurant in downtown Ellsworth for many years. With four sons to feed and educate, it was a proposal that also shouldered a great deal of apprehension. The city fathers encouraged and supported the McAtees. It was a bold move for them, but one that was well-taken. Somewhere they are smiling.
Now, in another bold and adventurous move, Tina and Rick Davis have taken the old restaurant that has been in operation all these years under other owners and completely rebuilt the inside and changed the exterior appearance. Everything inside is new, shiny clean and …well…classy.
Last evening the new owners had a soft opening for some of their friends to give the employees an opportunity for training experience. It was a very nice teaser for the guests who enjoyed appetizers and drinks from the bar.
Machelle McAtee Connally, granddaughter of the original owners, thoroughly enjoyed the renovations particularly the unveiling of the old ceiling that once again displayed its original beauty.
The interior design and paintings throughout the restaurant are the creation of the multi-talented Tina Davis. The dining rooms and lounge are very comfortable and inviting. And, a nice sideline is that you can talk without being heard throughout the room.
The buffet area is in the corner of the main dining room. Chef Anthony and Ally talk shop about their days working the kitchen at the Salina Country Club. There is also a pastry/baking chef from Capers with a lot of experience who will join Anthony in the kitchen to create specialty items. They have a first-class kitchen staff.
The restaurant has a new look, new roof and new sign on the exterior which was being erected as I took the picture. The grand opening is February 4th and 5th. It should be a gala weekend and opportunity for people wanting a new place to eat, with a new and exciting menu and excellent chefs working the kitchen. Prime rib and steaks will be among their specialties. And, as one of my friends observed, it’s the only place in town where you can get a glass of red wine. There is a well-stocked bar.
The Davis’s have contributed a lot to making Ellsworth a better place to live by giving us a new and exciting dining opportunity. Stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They have earned our support and we wish them well in their new endeavor.
Their hours are:
Monday through Thursday 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m
The restaurant is located on Highway 156 at the intersection of highway 1-40 at the northeast edge of Ellsworth.
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