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First Look: An Updated Mac’s Opens in the Short North

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The Mac’s: A Proper Pub makeover is almost ready for a public reveal. The Scottish bar and restaurant closed last month for renovations and a total menu overhaul. It’ll reopen for service on Thursday, June 28.

After 30 years in the Short North, co-owner Pat Melick said it was time for Mac’s to change with the neighborhood. What guests will find at the grand opening event is a restaurant that’s shaken its dive persona and taken on a more upscale feel featuring warm tones, wood paneling, and restored brick, all accented with a plaid motif.

Behind the bar, they’ve begun showcasing high end scotches, whiskeys and tequilas, and are partnering with Watershed Distillery on several signature cocktails, including a Whiskey ’88, with the local distillery’s bourbon, simple syrup, lemon and Guiness float; a Juniper & Berry, with Watershed’s Four Peel Gin, berries, simple syrup, lemon and bitters; and an Orange Pomander, featuring Watershed’s vodka, orange juice, lemon, clove syrup and ginger beer.

The food menu is about 80 percent new Mac’s, 20 percent old Mac’s, says Doug Sexton, a family member of the partners behind the restaurant. Guests will find favored items like their Scotch egg, loaded tots, and sauerkraut balls. Smoked salmon toast, cornish pasty, roasted bone marrow and fried brie are all brand new starters.

More new items include a handful of salads, sandwiches and entrees, including a kale caesar, pot roast sandwich, Scottish salmon, steak pie, and homemade meatloaf.

Mac’s: A Proper Pub will reopen at 7 p.m. on June 28. It’s located at 693 N. High St.

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