MacGregor’s opened a new restaurant Wednesday, June 24, in the old Morris’ Fireside location. Morris’ Fireside has closed after 47 years and Chip MacGregor and Holly Lorincz-MacGregor have taken over the space.
MacGregor’s Restaurant is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with breakfast served all day. After hours, the restaurant will be available for catered events and MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar will continue to open at 4 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on weekends.
“It will be a real clean, simple menu with quality ingredients,” Holly said.
Holly said food will be locally sourced whenever possible. They will offer classics like benedicts and comfort food like chicken fried steak. Breakfast will be served all day and lunch will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Chip and I have interesting backgrounds,” Holly said.
Holly has lived in the area since 1996. In 2010, she wrote her first book and was looking for an agent. Chip, who owns MacGregor’s Literacy Agency, became her agent. The two became friends, fell in love and married.
Holly has written 14 books. She said the most successful book she’s written is “Crown Heights,” an Amazon bestseller in biography/memoir. “The Duke and I,” a novel, is the first in a two-book collaborative deal with reality TV star Evelyn Lozada and St. Martin’s Press. Her first general fiction book “Smart Mouth” won a national award and has been optioned for a TV series.
In 2010, Holly started a successful editing company, Lorincz Literary Services. She works closely with MacGregor Literary Agency.
Holly said MacGregor’s Literacy Agency, is not running as many clients now that they have their whiskey bars and restaurant.
Holly and Chip established MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar in Manzanita in 2017. They had wanted to create a sophisticated yet casual space. Last summer, they opened a second location in Cannon Beach.
The MacGregor’s operated their high-end whiskey bar in a section of Morris’ Fireside for about a year. With the big stone fireplace in the historic log cabin, they knew it was the place for them.
During the pandemic, Tom Morris, owner of Morris’ Fireside, decided not to reopen the restaurant due to health concerns and offered to lease the space to Holly and Chip. Morris will continue to own the space. He had operated the restaurant since 1976.
Staying on board for the new restaurant is Chef Pollo, who was the chef at Morris’ Fireside for 22 years, Holly said. Morris said he is glad he is staying on and that he is a wonderful guy. Some of his meals that will be offered are Pollo’s Clam Chowder and Pollo’s Chicken Sandwich. He will also be making a lot of homemade sauces.
Holly said she feels like they are in a really positive environment in downtown Cannon Beach. They are offering a service that allows people to be out and about with each other.
“I want to have a room full of happy customers,” Holly said.
The MacGregor’s would eventually like to open for dinner after the pandemic. Holly said they have remodeled the restaurant somewhat and plan to close down in the fall to remodel further. The Cannon Beach gallery Northwest by Northwest has worked with the couple to create a new ambiance, displaying high-end artwork to enhance the natural beauty of the building.