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MAR Brings Coastal Mexican and Spanish Fare to Decatur

MAR Executive Chef Joey Zelinka

MAR Executive Chef Joey Zelinka

MAR, now open in Decatur, offers authentic Mexican and Spanish cuisine along with handcrafted cocktails in a casual environment with a taste of the coast. The menu, designed by Executive Chef Joey Zelinka, offers wood-roasted fishes, creative cebiches, tacos and more.

Zelinka brings his expertise from The Sound Table, Rathbun’s and 4th & Swift, along with a knowledge of coastal cuisine gleaned from living in Miami and gaining experience at one of the area’s Latin American restaurants, OLA. Highlights from the menu include dishes like Gallega Octopus with Sea Salt, Paprika Oil, Purple Potato and Piquillo, Foie Gras Empanada with Pickled Cabbage and a Spicy Mango Peach Sauce, and Red Snapper Ceviche with Lime, Heirloom Tomato, Castelvetrano, Basil and Tigers Milk.

MAR BAR offers a selection of cocktails and margaritas made with freshly-squeezed juices and house-infused tequilas. The extensive tequila selection allows guests to sample three flights served with lime, salt and grilled Serrano pepper.

Owned by international restaurateur Humberto Bermudez, MAR is an extension of his Porto Buzios Group restaurants in Central Mexico.

The rustic, yet modern space, designed by MAR Co-owner Michele DeHaven, features brick walls with exposed beams and a wooden ceiling. Pops of turquoise and driftwood bring the restaurant’s interior to life, and a bamboo-lined patio with umbrellas brings guests to the beach.


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