Mayflower Café has a new owner, and you might recognize him (2024)

JOYNER HAS MORE ON THE NEW DEVELOPMENTS FOR THE RESTAURANT. BROOKLYN: OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW...WELL NOT REALLY... NEW JACKSON RESTAURANT OWNERS ARE REOPENING THE MAYFLOWER CAFE BUT THEY PLAN TO KEEP THE SAME OLD FLAVOR PKG: HUNTER EVANS 13:07 A STUFFED REDFISH WAS ONLY 8 DOLLARS AND 95 CENTS..."HOW MUCH WOULD THAT BE NOW"...30-40 BUCKS 13:15 IT'S LIKE LOOKING THROUGH A TIME CAPSULE...TRAVELING BACK TO A TIME WHEN HAMBURGERS WERE ONCE A DOLLAR AND 85 CENTS HUNTER EVANS :24 SO THESE ARE A BUNCH OF OLD MENUS THAT WE HAVE FOUND WHEN WE JUST STARTED GOING THROUGH BOXES AND OLD CABINETS :34 IN APRIL THE MAYFLOWER CAFE SHUTDOWN... THE STAPLE STANDING STRONG SINCE 1935...FIRST RAN BY GEORGE KOUNTOURIS AND JOHN GOURAS...PASSED DOWN TO JERRY KOUNTOURIS BUT NOW IT HAS NEW OWNERSHIP HUNTER EVANS 10:20 IM SURE ITS HARD TO SELL A FAMILY RESTAURANT THAT'S BEEN OPEN FOR 80 PLUS YEARS BUT WE TRIED TO ASSURE HIM THAT WE WANTED TO CONTINUE THE LEGACY AND ALL THE THINGS THAT THE PEOPLE LOVE ABOUT THE MAYFLOWER AND HOPEFULLY CARRY ON FOR ANOTHER 100 YEARS 10:40 THE OWNER'S OF THE WELL-KNOWN RESTAURANT ELVIES....HUNTER EVANS AND CODY MCCAIN... CODY MCCAIN 5:02 ITS A VERY SPECIAL PLACE AND WE KIND OF WANTED TO BE APART OF THAT TO KEEP THAT GOING IN THE FUTURE 5:06 AS THEY REOPEN AND REFURBISH THE CAFE WITH THEIR OWN HANDS...THE ARTIFACTS OF THE MAYFLOWER ARE CONFINED TO A CORNER THE ICONIC PLASTIC FISH...THE MENU SIGNS, AND EVEN OLD GUM UNDER THE DINING TABLES HUNTER EVANS 4:23 I JUST WAS ALWAYS WAS DRAWN TO JACKSON'S DOWNTOWN AND VERY SADDENED THE WAY THAT IT'S KIND OF THE STATE THAT IT IN SO HOPEFULLY THIS WILL CREATE A SPARK 4:37 THEY SAY THE MAYFLOWER WILL HAVE ITS SAME OLD FLARE...DOWN FROM THE DECOR TO THE MENU THAT HIGHLIGHTS SEAFOOD (NAT POP) 13:44 OYSTER FLING...TUESDAY WAS SHRIMP FEST...THURSDAY WAS CATCH OF THE DAY 13:52 ...BUT OF COURSE NO MORE GUM... HUNTER EVANS 9:50 WE'LL JUST KIND OF LOOK AT THESE AND DRAW ALOT OF INSPIRATION FOR THE NEW MENU KEEPING ALOT OF THE OLD CLASSICS 9:56 7:30 THEIR COMEBACK SAUCE IS ICONIC..." WITH CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IN AND OUT OF THE BUILDING THEY PLAN FOR YOU TO DINE IN BY THE END OF THE SUMMER 15:02 SO IT'S GOING WE ARE READY TO GET OPEN 15:02 TAG: THE NEW OWNERS SAY THE PLA

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Mayflower Café has a new owner, and you might recognize him

Hunter Evans, of Elvie’s, taking over Jackson staple

Brooklyn Joyner

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A Jackson restaurant that has been in business for close to a century has a new owner.Mayflower Café’s previous owner, Jerry Kountouris, retired on April 20 after 34 years at the helm. The restaurant teased then that it would remain open, but with someone else steering the ship. We now know who that someone is: Hunter Evans, chef and owner of Elvie’s. Video: Elvie's chef finalist for a James Beard AwardEvans has been nominated twice for a James Beard Award and is currently a finalist for Best Chef in the South. "For me, I always joked that I wanted Elvie's to become the next 100-year-old restaurant," Evans said. "I was always drawn to Jackson's downtown and very saddened the way it's kind of, the state it's in now, so hopefully this will create a spark." The Mayflower on West Capitol Street is closed for a little renovation, but Evans and his business partner, Cody McCain, plan to reopen in July. The new owners, who are both from Jackson, plan to keep the Mayflower staff in place. "It seems like every other person who talked about this told a story that they had growing up. Their parents brought them here. Now they eat here, now they bring their kids here to eat," McCain said. "It's very cool to see three generations of people that have eaten here. It's a very special place and we wanted to be part of that and to keep that going in the future."The announcement was made Tuesday on Elvie’s Facebook page, along with a glimpse of the new Mayflower branding and design. Evans plans to freshen up the interior and the menu, while keeping it the same as much as possible.

JACKSON, Miss. —

A Jackson restaurant that has been in business for close to a century has a new owner.

Mayflower Café’s previous owner, Jerry Kountouris, retired on April 20 after 34 years at the helm. The restaurant teased then that it would remain open, but with someone else steering the ship. We now know who that someone is: Hunter Evans, chef and owner of Elvie’s.

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Video: Elvie's chef finalist for a James Beard Award

Evans has been nominated twice for a James Beard Award and is currently a finalist for Best Chef in the South.

"For me, I always joked that I wanted Elvie's to become the next 100-year-old restaurant," Evans said. "I was always drawn to Jackson's downtown and very saddened the way it's kind of, the state it's in now, so hopefully this will create a spark."

The Mayflower on West Capitol Street is closed for a little renovation, but Evans and his business partner, Cody McCain, plan to reopen in July. The new owners, who are both from Jackson, plan to keep the Mayflower staff in place.

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"It seems like every other person who talked about this told a story that they had growing up. Their parents brought them here. Now they eat here, now they bring their kids here to eat," McCain said. "It's very cool to see three generations of people that have eaten here. It's a very special place and we wanted to be part of that and to keep that going in the future."

The announcement was made Tuesday on Elvie’s Facebook page, along with a glimpse of the new Mayflower branding and design.

Evans plans to freshen up the interior and the menu, while keeping it the same as much as possible.

Mayflower Café has a new owner, and you might recognize him (2024)

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