6 Restaurants That Were Once Private Homes

If the walls of these restaurants could talk, we think we’d hear everything from political arguments of the 1800s to motherly advice on life and love.

Photo courtesy 5 & 10 Hugh Acheson's establishment in Athens, Ga., sits on Milledge Avenue amongst many stately and historic homes. 

With so many different restaurants vying for your dining dollar, we can’t resist the opportunity to have a meal and get a story with it. All across the United States there are dining establishments housed in unique structures. We rounded up eight that once functioned as single-family homes and no doubt served many a meal to their inhabitants as well as guests. 

For starters, to enjoy Georgia and Louisiana to the fullest we think it’s great to experience the charming architecture served up with a heaping helping of Southern hospitality. Housed in a bungalow in Athens’ historic Five Points neighborhood, Hugh Acheson’s 5 & 10 lets you do just that. Sip craft cocktails on the porch and watch life stroll past on Milledge Avenue. 

Photo by: Iain Bagwell We love this Roswell, Ga., restaurant's attractive front porch with its tongue-and-groove ceiling, shutters and sconces. 

Closer to Atlanta, Roswell’s Table & Main is also set in a historic home that allows for lazy porch dining or a place to share tall tales inside at the bourbon bar. With their motto as “simple, seasonal and Southern” we think they’ll take good care of you, honey child.

Photo courtesy Mary Mahoney's Built in 1737, this New Orleans treasure remained a residence until 1962 when it was acquired by Mary Mahoney, her husband Bob, and her brother. It is filled with antiques and artifacts of a bygone era. 

When in New Orleans, we’d rather have a meal in a French provincial chateau like Mary Mahoney’s than stick around our hotel or support a local family like the Brigtsen’s that survived two hurricanes. Built in 1737, this Mary Mahoney’s remained a residence until 1962 when Mahoney and her husband Bob acquired it along with her brother. It is filled with antiques and artifacts of a bygone era. It was constructed using hand-made brick, with wooden pegged columns of cypress. Slate for the roof came over as a ballast in the holds of French sailing ships. 

Owned and operated by Frank and Marna Brigtsen, Brigtsen's serves awards-winning modern creole cuisine in a renovated Victorian cottage in Uptown New Orleans. In business since 1986, the family appears to be unshakable and will keep serving up the deliciousness as long as the people come. 

Further north but still below the Mason-Dixon Line, why go to a chain steakhouse when you can sit in the same room as the framers of the United States Constitution and enjoy a glass of wine? Check out 1789 Restaurant in the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Georgetown. Archbishop John Carroll, the founding father of Georgetown University, originally purchased the establishment the same year that the Constitution of the United States was adopted and Mayor Robert Peter incorporated the village of Georgetown. 

Photo courtesy 1789 When dining at the 1789 you might not feel like you're in the heart of Georgetown but perhaps stepping back in time. 

On the left coast, we like the Anaheim White House Italian Steakhouse not only for the atmosphere and cuisine, but also for their charitable contributions to its Southern California community. The establishment, which is housed in a 1909 mansion, serves 1,000 meals to homeless children a night. To date, over 500,000 hungry kids have received meals. That’s a table we like sharing. 





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