our humble start
In a nutshell, 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, salads, 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.
Because of our popularity, we soon expanded into other college markets, throughout the Southeast and beyond. Now, we have over 400 restaurants in 28 states, and we’re just getting started. We continue to grow because guests keep asking us to move into their neighborhoods. They crave their favorite dishes. They seek our tasty new flavors. They want a community where they can sit back and share a few stories. No matter why they come by, we’ll make sure they get the experience they deserve…with some of the best darn food around. That’s what McAlister’s is all about and always will be.