The fast casual Mississippi Avenue mainstay, Mac! Mac & Cheesery, will close on Saturday to make way for the more upscale Quaintrelle.
Emily Everett, owner of both Mac! and the soon-to-be-open Quaintrelle, told Eater about her decision to go from mac and cheese to more upscale offerings: "The rent is just too high for fast-casual and my price point. I considered moving Mac!, but I love the space and the neighborhood, so I decided to change the concept to fit the space. I hope to re-open Mac! In the future in a different location more suited to inexpensive, fast casual."
The closure will allow Everett to do a complete overhaul of the space. "We will be closed for approximately two months to redecorate," she says.
Aiming to reopen as Quaintrelle by mid-May, Everett says the focus will be on "serving seasonal, local, ingredient-driven cuisine made with passion and intention."
Before it closes up shop on Friday and Saturday though, Mac! will offer $5 vegetarian macs and $7 meat macs. And if you bring them a "goodbye card," they'll take 10 percent off your meal.