Meet Rachel McCray
You may not know Rachel McCray. But you should. She is the driving presence behind McCray’s Tavern in Smyrna and the Jill-of-all-trades who keeps all the plates spinning and balls in the air. When asked about her official role at McCray’s, Rachel had to think for awhile. She finally said, “I’m the momager. I just take care of things.”
And what a good momager she is! She and her husband, Scott, are raising Scottie (11), who has epilepsy and a mild intellectual disability and Kaci (9). Rachel also helps Scott run the bevy of restaurants he’s opened in the Atlanta-metro area in recent years including McCray’s West Village Tavern, McCray’s Tavern on the Square, The Mill Kitchen and Bar, Lava Lounge, Cosmopolitan, Lava Lounge, and their newest addition, Hook Line & Schooner, which opened earlier this year. If that weren’t enough, Rachel is also a member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors and has been a real estate advisor with Engel & Völkers for the last year.
Rachel loves working out and being outdoors, but it is when she she interacts with people where she really shines. Making Smyrna her home since 2003, she has had a lot of opportunities to create long-standing friendships within her work, restaurant and home communities. She calls on those friendships to help support the charitable organizations she works on behalf of each year, including the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia. She runs the Magnolia Race each year to raise money for epilepsy research with her team, Sprinting for Seizures. Rachel also hosts a huge benefit at McCray’s Tavern each year to further help support the foundation. This past August crowds packed McCray’s for the Bourbon and Beer Tasting Epilepsy Fundraiser!
Rachel is a tiny woman in size, but after meeting her even for a few minutes, it is easy to tell she is formidable in spirit! There is no doubt that she is the force behind much of the success of the restaurants she and her husband have opened!