Grandpa Mac says...Follow the Noodle to Rehoboth Beach
A snazzy catch phrase with dual meaning for brother restaurateurs (and Sussex Central High School graduates) Hari and Orion Cameron, “following the noodle” is likely to become a growing trend during, and well beyond, the summer of 2017.
At its core, it’s the slogan and hashtag for the new Grandpa (MAC) pasta-themed restaurant on Coastal Highway, as well as for the original location in downtown Rehoboth Beach. It also signifies how the two brothers "put their noodles together" to come up with this new and hip culinary concept for the local restaurant scene.
But what it means for James Beard nominated chef Hari Cameron and his brother goes much deeper than that. It means remembering their grandfather in the best way any chef knows how – by cooking every day in honor of his memory.
“Grandpa Mac’s real name is Mervin Cameron McCurdy, and he was actually our great grandfather who died in 1998 at the age of 97,” remembers Hari Cameron, also the owner and founder of the popular a(MUSE) restaurant on Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth.“ He was a generous and giving man and we were both very close to him.
“So, we decided to name this restaurant as a tribute to him and give people in Rehoboth Beach the best pasta dishes we could think up.”
And the Cameron brothers have done that in spades. It’s hard to single out any one item on Grandpa (MAC)’s extensive menu, but word has it that the traditional mac and cheese is a definite crowd pleaser.
And here’s a little known fact about many of coastal Delaware’s locally owned and operated restaurants – items on the menu are completely customizable to your likes and tastes.
So, if you want a different type of sauce, or maybe a different kind of noodle or bread or something else entirely, the Cameron brothers and their staff will take care of you.
It’s one of those benefits you get when supporting the local restaurant scene at the Delaware beaches.
“What we’ve found is that people these days generally want food that happens quickly, but also is customizable to the way they like it,” reveals Hari. “So what we tried to do was create a business that catered to those folks, which includes families, college students, young professionals and visitors to the beach.
“And we grew up on pasta, so it was a good fit for us.”
Read the rest of Grandpa (MAC)’s story HERE.