by Lisa Tome
Newark's loss is downtown Elkton's gain.
Former MadMacs general manager Beckie McMahon and award winning chef Maxwell Cranmer have set up shop at the former Lyons Pharmacy.
They hope to mix up the prescription for a good time at their new downtown Elkton restaurant, C3ntral Tavern.
"We hope to open by St. Patrick's Day,” said McMahon, who brings 25 plus years experience in the restaurant industry to the new eatery. She said the menu includes "American comfort food" - appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches. "St. Patrick's Day is a pretty big event down here," said McMahon.
She said that the culture will be a family-friendly place where everyone knows your name. The tavern will serve cocktails, beer, has eight large screen TVs, and a jukebox. "It's really good food. At first, we weren't thinking bar. But then we said a nice neighborhood bar. This is coming to fruition just as we envisioned it," she said.
"When we decided to venture off (from MadMacs), we were really looking for a smaller scale restaurant," said McMahon.
"I love Newark, it's a walking community. But Elkton has the downtown. It's a family community. We have the courthouse, and the hospital. The ambiance was totally what we were looking for."
Cranmer agrees. "Elkton is a very nice town. We love it down here. Everyone has been very welcoming and has been huge advocates for us," he said. He promises that the food will be freshly prepared and "never frozen."
C3ntral Tavern will employ about a dozen people from Newark, Delaware, and locals. "We will work side by side with our staff," said McMahon. The former pharmacy will now have seating for about 65 people. There is a bar which has built in USB ports.
The hours at C3ntral Tavern will be opening daily at 11 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday, the tavern will close at 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday hours are until 1 a.m.