The Mecca is moving to the old Tipperary Inn

The old Tipp

The 74-year-old restaurant The Mecca is moving to the space at Live Oak and Skillman that formerly housed the Tipperary Inn and Molly Maguire’s and will open as early as Aug. 17.

The Mecca has been serving breakfast all day at its current location on Harry Hines for 44 years. Manager Cheryl Hurt tells Scott Reitz at City of Ate that the restaurant will add dinner service with the move.

From Reitz’s report:

The new Mecca will be a lot like the old Mecca. They’re taking all the pictures from the walls and the furniture from the dining room. They’re taking that old, retro, neon sign as long as the city lets them install it at the new location.

The new location is across the street from Gold Rush Cafe and adjacent to the new Matt’s Rancho Martinez.

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  • John11


  • John11

    Man, really liked Molly’s; was hoping a new tenant would open a new bar similar to it. The two-room setup was good because if you tired of hearing karaoke all night, a quite place was not too far.

  • Mungarian

    Since the Metro closed we needed a new diner. SOS, hash, and of course the famous buttery cinamon rolls. I can’t wait to sit outside drinking some coffee and eating a cinamon roll with my girls.  May have to walk to burn off the roll but it will be worth it. 

  • Misselleneus


  • Rachel Stone

    I think the two-room set up is awkward for a bar, but I think it could work for a cafe, ala Threadgills. The Gold Rush thing is kind of weird, but I was happy to hear this news since Metro Diner and Dirty Dan’s are gone. I like a greasy spoon. Would be great if they stay open late-nights on weekends.

  • disappointed

    Seems like a big gamble for them, and a bit brash, considering the Gold Rush being such a popular institution right there. It might backfire. 
    Mecca isn’t what I was hoping for that place, either, but it’s a weird location and it’s tough to make a bar work there. Whoever the landlord is needs to split it into two businesses, instead of having it be that awkward dual-room setup they’ve had. 

  • Mick

    History has proven that nothing is ever the same after a eating establishment moves. Maybe the Mecca can break the curse. Sure seems like a strange location moving so far away from your notoriety.

  • notsureaboutthis

    don’t think this is what i was hoping for