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Mac's Acadian Seafood Shack

 

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Today, the MacNeils and their restaurant are still going strong. But, as with most of us as we age, it doesn't hurt to make a few improvements from time to time. Their recent renovation was a complete makeover. "This was more than just a face-lift," says Wally MacNeil. "We've done that sort of thing a couple of times over the years, closing for a day or two for touch-ups, but this was extensive."

With brown paper covering all its many windows, Mac's closed for the last two weeks of January, smack in the midst of the so-called Polar Vortex. While most of us stayed off the roads, took work home, and weathered below-zero windchills, a Phoenix Contractors crew worked around the clock for two weeks overhauling close to 6,000 square feet of Mac's. Accustomed to long days and nights, the MacNeils were on site every step of the way, as was their landlord, Bill Kinley, who also runs Phoenix Contractors. Wally is quick to point out that the staff pitched in, too: "They helped every day with cleanup, hauling out the old kitchen floor, cleaning the tables and chairs and dusting; with construction, there was a lot of dusting," Wally emphasizes, sitting down late in the afternoon between the lunch and dinner rush, less than a week after reopening.

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