About Us

The Maple Tree Inn opened its doors in 1975 by self-taught chef, Charlie Orr, aka "The Walrus." After experimenting with different types of cuisine, from American to French, the Maple Tree Inn made the switch to Cajun/Creole following a chance encounter on New Year's Day 1980. While in search of a hangover cure, Charlie came across a New Orleans chef on television talking about red-eye gravy. Intrigued, he ventured to the library and asked the librarian where he could find information on the subject. The librarian, who happened to be from Louisiana, asked, "What's a big white guy like you want with red-eye gravy?" The librarian turned Charlie on to a Creole cookbook and the rest is history. Years later, Charlie would go on to say, "It was love at first sight. It was like I'd done it before. If you believe in another life, I must have been a Creole.”

As many of you know, the Maple Tree Inn was awarded the very prestigious honor of being named in the Top 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America by OpenTable in 2018. Shortly thereafter, the Maple Tree Inn suffered a devastating fire.

On October 1, 2018, a short 37 days after the fire, we leased and opened our temporary location, Maple Tree Inn Bistro. 
We stayed in this location for a year, while we figured out our next step. Due to multiple reasons, the Olde Western location could not be rebuilt. We searched for a new home for The Maple Tree Inn and we are ecstatic to announce:


From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you all for your continued love and support. 
It truly has been our strength for many years. And will continue to be our strength for hopefully many more. 

We look forward to seeing you in Homewood!


Katie & Erich Wennberg

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