Maggie's Galley moving
Fans of Maggie’s Galley Oyster Bar come to the seafood restaurant for two things, said owner Todd Carrier. They come for the good food and stay to enjoy the atmosphere.
For more than 20 years, Maggie’s Galley has occupied the unassuming, rustic log cabin on the corner of Howell Mill Road and Russ Avenue in Waynesville, but Nov. 12 marks the last day the restaurant will be open.
The good news is that Maggie’s Galley will reopen in another location, but Carrier said they are sorry to have to leave the log cabin, which is leased.
“Location is everything in the restaurant business, so that’s one thing I hate losing — the character of this old building,” he said.
The cabin is made from several old log cabins that were disassembled and then pieced back together at the current Howell Mill Road location in the late 70s. It used to be a general store, but in 1991, Carrier leased it to open his restaurant, and Maggie’s Galley has been there ever since.
He said the old wooden building gave the restaurant a great feel that his customers have enjoyed over the years, but expansion plans for Howell Mill Road mean he is going to have to relocate.
“They’re taking some of the building and parking lot (to expand the road). It’s just not feasible to stay here,” he said. “It’s progress. I guess it’s inevitable.”
After Nov. 12, Maggie’s Galley will close its doors at the Howell Mill Road location and renovations will start on the restaurant’s new spot at 1374 Sulphur Springs Road off of Exit 100. Carrier said he’d like to have the new location open by New Year’s Eve.
“Everybody says they’ll follow us wherever we go. We won’t lose our regular customers. It’s really all about the food. People like the cabins, but if the food wasn’t good, they wouldn’t come back,” he said.
The one thing Carrier is looking forward to leaving behind is the Russ Avenue traffic.
“We’re finally going to get out of this,” he said, pointing at the congested roadway out front.