New owners Bryan Butler, Ben Locher, Matthew Radliff and Todd Weaver said they hope to maintain the restaurant’s former reputation in keeping the Mak name, while also putting their own spin on the restaurant, which opened in late October.
The sports bar was renovated to open up its 8,000-square-foot space and now offers games such as “Golden Tee,” a video arcade machine; trash can pong, where players aim to throw dodge balls into large trash bins; and cornhole, a bean-bag tossing game.
“What makes us unique is that we have a large space that we take full advantage of to not just sit down and have a burger and a beer, but also to get up and interact with other customers,” Weaver said.
New signature menu items were also added, such as the Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Fries, specialty fries topped with queso and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos; Hangover Burger, a burger served with a fried egg; and Cinnabites, a Mak’s-style cinnamon pretzel served with ice cream.
“[The menu] is ever changing, and that’s how we want to rope all of this together in one fun little spot,” said Butler, who also serves as the restaurant’s general manager.
Locher said Mak’s Sports Bar + Grill wants to host more community events in the future, such as fundraisers or tournaments.
“Doing cool stuff for the community, like a benefit or a concert or anything that we can do to help somebody give back [to] the area, that’s what we’re all about too,” Locher said.
Butler said the former MaK’s Place was a space for the community to come together. Today, the newly branded Mak’s Sports Bar + Grill looks to create a similar atmosphere.
“Back in the heyday of this place, ... it was fun; it was upbeat; it was energetic,” Butler said. “We are hoping to interject that back into [Mak’s Sports Bar + Grill].”
Mak’s Sports Bar + Grill
5200 Louetta Road, Ste. 110, Spring
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily