Mac’s Old House is a Cash Only establishment
No Checks or Credit Cards
No Separate Checks
Sales Tax is added to all items
We do not take reservations
We are first come, first serve
Your whole party must be present to be seated
Unfortunately at this time, Mac’s Old House does NOT offer any Take Out.
3100 E. 18TH ST.
ANTIOCH, CA 94509
The history of Mac’s Old House
Mac’s Old House is a 94-year-old historic treasure in Contra Costa County.
In 1983, the current owner, Gary Noe purchased the restaurant. But that is not where the story of Mac’s begins.
The original owner, Floyd “Mac” McKinney, built this old house with his father in 1925. While Mac was still living there, he converted part of his home into a bar. He opened it on St. Patrick’s Day in 1956. He eventually built the small house that is behind the restaurant and lived there with his wife until his death in 1994. 17 years after he opened, he sold it and retired. 10 years (and a few owners) later, Gary bought the building and opened it on August 5th, 1983. Mac would still come in almost every day for a cocktail and dinner and he would always sit at the same exact table. Today, his picture and obituary hangs above that very spot.
Together, Gary and manager/head chef, Rick Cook transformed Mac’s into the iconic restaurant that it is. In 1969, when Rick was 15 years old, he began working at the restaurant Bertolas in Oakland and by the time he was 22, he was managing it. Bertolas was a family-style Italian restaurant that was popular for its fairly-priced quality food and cocktails. They were open from 1932 until the 1990’s.
Gary envisioned Mac’s to embody the same atmosphere that Bertolas had. The former owner of Bertola’s, Louie Pasquinelli, supplied his family recipes (including the famous minestrone soup) and other secrets to Bertolas success. Including one of his former managers; Rick Cook. Gary hired Rick before even opening and they both got to work to turn Mac’s Old House into the restaurant that it is known as today.
Mac’s Old House was an immediate success and Gary and Rick have continued to run it together for the past 36 years.