7 Acre barNgrill owners offer country tavern menu to Birmingham Crossroads area

Pastry chef Megan Allen (left), General Manager Josh Read (middle), and chef and partner Mix McCrory (right) opened 7 Acre barNgrill in April 2019. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pastry chef Megan Allen (left), General Manager Josh Read (middle), and chef and partner Mix McCrory (right) opened 7 Acre barNgrill in April 2019. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

Pastry chef Megan Allen (left), General Manager Josh Read (middle), and chef and partner Mix McCrory (right) opened 7 Acre barNgrill in April 2019. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The Cheezy Crabby ($12.77) is an off-the-menu appetizer, featuring jumbo lump deep sea crab with cream cheese drizzled in soy sauce. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The chocolate layer cake ($7.77) is made fresh every day, featuring three layers of chocolate cake and chocolate icing. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Smashed Barn Burner Burger ($12) is made of double-smashed short rib, brisket and chuck patties. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Luxardo sour cherry gin, filthy cherry juice, sparkling wine, an egg white and fresh lemon make up the Sour Cherry Spritz ($10). 7 Acre BarNGrill houses a full bar with variety of beer, wine and cocktails as well as more than 77 bourbons and whiskeys from around the world. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Gin & Josh ($10), aptly named after General Manager Josh Read, features London gin, Benedictine, fresh basil, fresh lemon and cracked black pepper. 7 Acre BarNGrill houses a full bar with variety of beer, wine and cocktails as well as more than 77 bourbons and whiskeys from around the world. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Some of the bourbons and whiskeys at 7 Acre are aged in-house for one to three months, according to General Manager Josh Read. 7 Acre BarNGrill houses a full bar with variety of beer, wine and cocktails as well as more than 77 bourbons and whiskeys from around the world. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
Inside the nearly 100-year-old building on Hickory Flat Road in Milton sits 7 Acre barNgrill. The renovated building housed a general store back in the 1930s, chef and business partner Mix McCrory said, but it was most recently known as Wilbur & Rudy’s Farm Table.

After the previous owners closed Wilbur & Rudy’s Farm Table, McCrory and business partner Chris Sedgwick—president of the Sedgwick Restaurant Group—began discussions for a country tavern-style concept in an area “starved for restaurants,” McCrory said.“We went through a bunch of ideas of who we wanted to be and how we wanted to portray ourselves culinarily,” McCrory said. “[The people out here] want some healthy options, but they also want a good burger.”

The restaurant has both lunch and dinner menus, featuring dishes such as slow-cooked beef brisket; Key lime chicken Caesar salad; and the Smashed Barn Burner Burger, made with double-smashed SBC patties—or short rib, brisket and chuck patties—fire-roasted green chiles, pepper jack cheese and chipotle aioli on a toasted brioche bun. The bun is branded with a number seven using the restaurant’s branding iron.

However, McCrory said 7 Acre is most well-known for its desserts. Megan Allen, pastry chef and colloquially known by her coworkers as “the pie queen,” handmakes the desserts—such as the chocolate layer cake and the Pride of Alabama Golden Eagle Pecan Pie—fresh every day from her personal recipes, she said.

“This restaurant in particular has seen the most success in the dessert program out of any restaurant I’ve ever worked at in my 40-plus years in the industry,” McCrory said. The restaurant is aptly named for its 7-acre garden in the backyard of the restaurant, General Manager Josh Read said, which is planned to grow produce and herbs for use in-house and help preserve the land of the longstanding Milton landmark.








Keeping in line with preserving history, McCrory said he and Sedgwick repurposed the original flooring to serve as the backboard of the front entrance wall. Additionally, he said the bar shelves and booth rails were milled out of local red oak trees and donated by one of 7 Acre’s regular customers.

“We wanted to build a community here and be a part of the history of Milton,” McCrory said. “We have great neighbors, and we try to be a good neighbor right back.”

7 Acre barNgrill

850 Hickory Flat Road, Milton

770-777-2273

www.7acrebarngrill.com
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By Kara McIntyre

Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the Tomball/Magnolia reporter in September 2018. Prior to CI, Kara served as the editor-in-chief of The Wichitan—Midwestern State University's student-run campus newspaper—and interned with both the Wichita Adult Literacy Council and VeepWorks.


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