‘We are rising from the ashes’: Owners give updates on Tic Toc Room
After a devastating fire in April, the Tic Toc room is working to reopen.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Tic Toc Room has been closed after sustaining water damage in April, but the owners are planning to reopen.
“We haven’t given up and we are going full strong head force into this,” owner Michael Galloway said. “We want to make sure that we can provide for the community and we can go back to making people happy.”
Galloway recalled the night of the April fire next door, saying he had already closed the restaurant for the night and started eating dinner at home when he got a call.
“I was angry and upset, and when I walked in and saw water pouring from the ceiling I was absolutely devastated,” Galloway explained. “It was one of the worst nights of my life.”
The restaurant suffered significant water damage from fire crews trying to put out flames that started at the building next door, which forced Tic Toc Room to close its doors. However, despite their circumstances, they are taking it all in stride to create a “Seed to Table” restaurant.
As the Tic Toc Room works to prepare for reopening, its owners are committed to becoming full-time farmers.
“We have cuttings and babies and things from seeds that are currently growing in pots that are getting ready to go in the ground,” bartender Eve Wise explained. “That will be a huge part of getting this place up to where we want it to be so we can provide for ourselves and the community.”
Their goal is to be the only restaurant owners in downtown Macon who grow their own food for their own restaurant.
The owners say they’ll be ready to harvest in another month, and the restaurant will host what they’re calling their “Phoenix Day” in the next four to five months.
“We are rising from the ashes,” Galloway said. “We’re going to open back up with a brand new menu and a new restaurant basically, because everything had to be torn out and replaced. Hopefully we’ll have product from our farm to bring in. That would be absolutely amazing.”
As the restaurant prepares to open back up, the owners are asking the community to stay patient and to look forward to a new menu with authentic Southern cuisine.