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our humble start.

Our story started in the small southern town of Oxford, Mississippi. A movie production had taken an old service station and retrofitted it into a 1950’s-style diner. After they finished, it sat vacant until a dentist bought the property. He had a vision of turning the abandoned set into a small restaurant. And in 1989—you guessed it—the first McAlister’s opened its doors. Much like today, we offered a unique menu with sandwiches, entrée salads, giant spuds and a heaping spoonful of southern hospitality. We quickly became known for our great food, large portions, wide variety, and a welcoming environment… also one heck of a glass of sweet tea.

our mission.

To provide a community gathering place where genuine hospitality and real, handcrafted food come together to create craveable connections.

our vision.

To create a shared human experience that celebrates the stories of life and feeds the spirit of community.

over 25 years of great food and good people.

Timeline of events
Timeline of events

awards and recognition.

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