Mac's Local Eats Burgers

Mac's Local Eats is known for its smashed burgers.

Cherokee Street will soon have a new destination for burgers and beer.

Mac's Local Eats and Bluewood Brewing plan to open their much-anticipated shared location at 1821 Cherokee Street (the original home of the Lemp Brewery stables) on Wed., Sept. 18.

Mac's Local Eats, named for owner Chris "Mac" McKenzie, originally opened as a walk-up window inside Tamm Avenue Bar in Dogtown in early 2017. The fast-casual restaurant quickly earned a reputation for its critically acclaimed smashed burgers, which are made from high-quality local beef. Earlier this summer, Mac's announced plans to open a second location inside Bluewood, but shortly after decided to shutter the original outpost to focus on the Cherokee location.

At the new location, diners can expect to find those famous smashed burgers in addition to Mac's Rip Fries, which are dusted in Red Hot Riplets seasoning. Bluewood, meanwhile, will offer a diverse lineup of beers with a focus on mixed-fermentation and barrel-aged beers, including several high-gravity stouts.

The new space will also be home to Mac's Local Buys, the retail outpost of McKenzie's popular CSA program that sells local bread, produce, grass-fed beef, pasta and more. 

"The space is off the charts awesome," McKenzie previously told Feast. "It's like no other taproom in St. Louis. It's hard to describe...there's a fireplace, a really cool patio and a 15-foot-tall chandelier hanging above the bar. At the end of the day, it was the relationship we developed with Bluewood; everybody plays nice in the sandbox and is loving working together."

Bluewood Brewing and Mac's Local Eats will initially be open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 11pm (with food service ending at 10pm). Mac's Local Buys Market will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 7pm. 

Bluewood Brewing and Mac's Local Eats, 1821 Cherokee St., Cherokee Business District, St. Louis, Missouri, bluewoodbrewing.com

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