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After 44 Years at Harry Hines Boulevard, The Mecca Restaurant is Moving to Lakewood

The new Mecca location at 5815 Live Oak Street

The Mecca Restaurant is known for its bigger-than-your-face cinnamon rolls and home-cooking style, and now it’s about to take all of that to its new location at 5815 Live Oak Street. After 44 years at its Harry Hines location, owner Michael Sealy says it’s time to move. The lease is up, the building requires a great deal of care, and most importantly, he says, “Since DART bought up Denton Drive behind us, our sales are half of what it used to be. And we can’t increase our sales because there’s no market for dinner.”

After nine months of scouting for a new location, Sealy settled on the Lakewood location that used to be the old space for Molly Maguire’s Irish Pub. Before that, in the 30s, 40s, and 50s (according to Sealy), Volk’s Department Store occupied that space, and people would buy their blue jeans there. Now the space right next to an exercise center called CrossFit White Rock will be used to serve three-egg omelettes and homemade pancakes to keep up Mecca’s 74 years of breakfast tradition.

Sealy plans to add dinner service once Mecca makes its move, starting August 17 at the soft opening. The Harry Hines location will close on August 12.

3 comments on “After 44 Years at Harry Hines Boulevard, The Mecca Restaurant is Moving to Lakewood

  1. The Mecca hasn’t been the same since the place changed hands a few years ago. I was a regular, but I kept noticing a lack of cleanliness, so I stopped eating there.

  2. Hopefully, that won’t be the case in their new home. It’s going to be nice to be closer to some good meatloaf and mashed potatoes when they start serving dinner.