Famous in Atlanta for 45 Years
Centrally located at Maple and Piedmont in Buckhead, McKinnon's Louisiane has proudly stood the rest of time. It has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Atlanta for (45 years). You will be greeted a the door by owners Aziz and Soheila Merham. Mckinnon's kitchen has always been the backbone of the restaurant, and today it still serves the marvelous Louisiana seafood dishes reflecting the refined cooking of Creole New Orleans as well as the more pungent, highly seasoned dishes of Cajun bayou.
It All Began Back in 1972
The story of the restaurant's origin has become the stuff of local legend. At the age of 35, Billy McKinnon quit his day job as a stockbroker to pursue his first true love - cooking. After a lengthy apprenticeship at the hallowed Galatoire's in New Orleans, Billy Moved to Atlanta in 1972 to open McKinnon's Louisiane. Atlanta quickly accepted this new cuisine and Mckinnon's became a destination restaurant for many famous Atlanta's such as Dick Rich, loan Allen, Sam Massel and the late Senator Paul Coverdell. Table 81 was the Coverdell's favorite table and it was occupied each election eve for good luck by Mrs. Nancy Coverdell and friends. In the mid-nineties, Billy McKinnon turned over the ownership to his long-time protégé, Aziz Mehram, who had managed McKinnon's since 1980.