Mayor Jess Alumbaugh shares excitement with the community as a once city-owned Downtown building is now a filled mixed-use space with the recent announcement of a start-up gourmet restaurant, Mac 123.
“Mac 123 is a creative concept that I believe will pull people into Marion from around the region with its broad choices of tailored gourmet mac & cheese dishes and locally grown greens for salads. Perhaps most importantly, it reflects the growing number of young people choosing Marion as a place to live and do business. Mike Kotlarski, the Executive Chef of Mac 123, is a great example of Marion attracting millennials to work and live,” explained Mayor Alumbaugh.
Mac 123 is scheduled to open its doors (at 123 E. 3rd St.) in October of this year. See the restaurant’s press release for more info (attached below).
Since the building was purchased from the City last year, its new private owner, Michael Halstead, has relocated his expanding Halstead Architects Marion office on the 2nd floor, leased a one-bedroom apartment on the same floor, and signed a lease in recent weeks with the new niche restaurant for the entire 1st floor plus use of the adjacent courtyard for patrons to enjoy outdoor dining.
Halstead is steadfast in investing in Downtown, Marion. He is also working at a rapid pace to fully occupy and revitalize the Ridley Tower, the largest building Downtown, into mixed use space beginning this winter.