HEBRON – Mary McMillan is finally living her dream after 35 years of waiting tables, managing restaurants and working other jobs in the food industry.
McMillan and her husband, John Carpenter, opened Mary’s on Maple this month in Hebron, in the former Bake House Restaurant space at 12020 Maple Ave. The duo began renovating the space in February and updated the decor, built booths, repaired plumbing and cleaned up everything before they were ready to open the family-dining American fare restaurant.
“I love what I do,” McMillan said. “I love the opportunity to be social without being too personal, the making people smile. It fills my bucket to please people.”
Mary’s on Maple serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and features menu items such as build-your-own burgers, steaks, salads and hot and cold sandwiches. The restaurant also offers wine and beer.
“I am having a blast,” McMillan said. “We have great reviews and get a lot of compliments. We are using my homemade barbecue sauce, and I’ve been told we have the best biscuits and gravy, which is my recipe as well. … The response is phenomenal.”
McMillan said the welcome from both Hebron residents – who have limited restaurant choices on Mondays, when most Hebron places are closed – and those from around the county or on their way to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, has been great.
Executive chef Adam Taylor said the restaurant is unique compared with most places he has worked because it’s more of a family-style place where “everyone knows everyone.”
“It’s going very well,” he said. “We are slowly building by word-of-mouth; the food we are putting out is great. We are steadily building, day by day.”