Karyn McMahon said that she and her husband have always wanted to open up a restaurant together, and now they have put their dream into reality.
“We have always talked about starting it,” she said. “We had a couple other businesses, the restaurants inside the Walpole and Foxborough skating rinks… But we were dependent on their schedule for customers.”
McMahon bought the space from the previous owners who ran Old Colony Café, and in two years have since turned it into their ideal space, now called McMahon's Countryside Grille.
“We just thought it was a beautiful place,” she said. “We wanted something close to home and to be proud of in the community. We decided to give it a shot when we saw it was vacant.”
McMahon said she wanted to give the restaurant a country and western feel from the get go.
“We just thought there’s no place around that’s a really cool country bar,” she said. “We can do line dancing in here and have that country feel. I don’t’ want to say saloon, because to me that conjures up a whole lot of riff raff. I guess you could say that western feel without all the Wild West bad boys.”
McMahon said she loved the area and thought that bringing in country and western music could really help the business and offer Norton something it may not be used to. In the past two years she said she’s had some pretty good musicians roll through the doors.
“The line dancing thing on Tuesday nights is just exploding,” she said. “We also had a fundraiser for the high school where it was a group of [local] kids that had a band. They were a five piece and took up half the room with all their equipment… On the Monday of April vacation they packed the place. It ended up being a great night.”
She said artists like Tim Brown and Shotgun Still have played at the restaurant before. This week the restaurant is holding a fundraiser for Matt Kingsbury, a Norton resident, who is in need of medical treatment for a spinal injury.
McMahon said that her time in Norton has felt more like time with Norton in the restaurant business.
“I always thought this would be very stressful but I like talking to people everyday and get to know people in the town,” she said. "We’ve made a lot more friends in the time we’ve been here.”
McMahon's is located at 336 Old Colony Road, Norton. Restaurant hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturdays 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sundays 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.