MAR Reopening as MARBAR in Mid-May

Since it closed over the winter holidays, folks have been wondering what would become of MAR Coastal Mexican restaurant, which opened last year along East Howard Avenue.

Now as May arrives there are new signs of life in the space and [as J_T points out here] the restaurant’s Facebook page reads…

here we go again….get ready for MARBAR opening mid May! cheers to that!

Photo courtesy of MAR’s Facebook page


27 thoughts on “MAR Reopening as MARBAR in Mid-May”

  1. Interesting that CoD does not allow “bars” but establishments are free to self-identify as one by including it in their name.

    1. Not unlike the fact that we don’t allow “murder” but do allow groupings of crows to self-identify in that manner. 🙂

  2. Why did MAR close back in December? Does anyone know?

    King Joffrey, I didn’t know Decatur doesn’t allow “bars!”

    1. A business that wishes to sell beer/wine/liquor for on-premise consumption is by definition a “restaurant” per city code. You can’t serve booze without serving food of some kind.

    1. You can call yourself a bar as long as you’re not a bar. Your food and other non-alcohol sales must be more than 50% of total receipts in order not to be a bar. It was like that in Gwinnett, too; don’t know if it still is because Gwinnett.

      1. It’s hard to fathom that certain places in town actually achieve this requirement, so perhaps it’s not enforced very much.

        1. The only place that comes to mind is Trackside. But, I have never set foot in the place before midnight, so I admit that I might have missed their large, but never mentioned, dinner crowd.

          1. Now that I’m old and nearing non-driving age, I’m only ever there well before midnight anymore. There may not be a huge “dinner crowd” but they do sell a good amount of food throughout the day. Jerk chicken nachos, wings, gyros and turkey burgers are all good, as are the daily soups and monthly blue plate specials. And they taste even better when you can look across the street and laugh at people paying $5 for an oyster and $15 each cocktail.

  3. So technically, you could “sell” a buddy a single $10,000 hamburger to excuse $9,999 worth of booze sales?

      1. I think there is a place in Vegas (maybe at Mandalay?) that sells $1,000+ burger with truffles, foie gras, and “kobe” beef. I gave “kobe” the scare quotes b/c I’ve read that no real kobe beef is exported from Japan to America.

        1. Exactly. A significant portion of that $1,000 covers the cost of a sous chef smuggling said beef out of Japan down his pants. So in that sense, it’s actually reasonably priced.

        2. The $5,000 Fleur Burger: a wagyu beef burger with truffles and foie gras, accompanied by fries and a bottle of 1995 Chateau Petrus. At that rate, I’d rather actually visit Japan and then use the difference to sponsor a starving kid for a few years.

          According to the Googles, there’s also the €1,800 white truffle and gold pizza at Margo’s in Malta; the $1,000 golden opulence sundae at NYC’s Serendipity 3, and the £5,500 Salvatore’s Legacy cocktail at Salvatore’s in London that uses spirits from the 1700s and early 20th century Angostura Bitters.

          I’ll stick to Mar’s oyster happy hour…

          1. We don’t care, we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams.
            But everybody’s like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece.
            Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash.
            We don’t care, we aren’t caught up in your love affair.



  4. Really… It took 5 months at the beach to think up that name? Glad to see place reopen though.

  5. I have fond memories of Mars Bar in NYC. In a late night, already drank too much, Clermont Loungy way.

    I can’t imagine this will have any similarity whatsoever.

  6. Well now you see what you wanna be
    Just have your party on TV
    ‘Cause the man from Mars won’t eat up bars when the TV’s on
    And now he’s gone back up to space
    Where he won’t have a hassle with the human race
    And you hip-hop, and you don’t stop
    Just blast off, sure shot
    ‘Cause the man from Mars stopped eatin’ cars and eatin’ bars
    And now he only eats guitars, get up!

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