Co-owner Gelaine Apuan tells us that her and her business partner Gregory Wayne were confident that once you put the food in your mouth, you would come back. Specializing in Cajun inspired fast food seafood, the eatery is true to its word. No frills or fancy design, just solid menu offerings like Fish and chips or their sought after clam chowder.
Gelaine greets us at the INSIDER with an infectious smile that never waned throughout our visit. Her and her business partner, Gregory Wayne have remained in business since the inception of Mac’s Place in 2012. Starting with an east side location inside Crisostomo’s. “Gregory and I were friends and both worked in corporate America before this. I was so busy during that time and my 12 year old daughter told me she had no fond memories of me. Hearing that really broke my heart,” Gelaine said.
Gelaine told us, “Gregory saw an opportunity to open a business on the east side and I wanted to build something for my children’s future so we looked at the food landscape in the fast food seafood market.”
Gregory and Gelaine held a food tasting for friends and family to test the quality and choice of menu options. “The feedback we received was good, especially with pricing. Fast food prices have risen but we offer fresh fast food for a similar price,” she said.
“We make all of our own sauces, like cocktail sauce, tarter, Cajun mayo and barbeque. We created our own blackened seasoning of 13 spices and the balsamic vinaigrette is our own recipe,” she said. In addition to the fresh made sauces, Mac’s Place also makes the extra effort not to use frozen chicken and insists on only breast meat. “We bread everything by hand daily and sell fresh cut fries which is a 3 day process. We wash, cut, blanch, then freeze to maintain the crispiness once we fry the potatoes,” said Gelaine.
The opportunity to open a location downtown came quickly, but the business partners wasted no time becoming part of the downtown landscape. “Our friend and owner of Lloyd’s Pub, Sylvia Colbert tipped us off at the newly available location and told us she wanted our food closer to her. We literally moved in 4 days after seeing the space,” said Gelaine.
These days, Gelaine and Gregory are probably as busy as they ever were in corporate America, but they are working on their own terms. Passing on a strong work ethic as examples to their children and extending their genuine passion to the public through their food.
Mac’s Place – 203 Mills Ave.
Hours Mon-Thurs 11am-7pm Fri-Sun 11am-8pm
To Go orders/catering/delivery (915) 228-9630
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