The Ole Miss Alumni Association announced plans in December to add a full-service bar, restaurant and lounge to The Inn at Ole Miss, which was granted resort status in 2018. This endeavor will allow The Inn to provide long-requested services and be more attractive to guests and the general public to enjoy.
“The Inn at Ole Miss regularly serves as the front door for the university, and we host a wide variety of guests, many whom are coming to campus for the first time,” says OMAA Executive Director Kirk Purdom (BA 93). “McCormick’s will serve as a cornerstone of the Alumni Association’s mission to foster community, communication and connections for current and future Ole Miss alumni and friends. It will also serve as an excellent entertaining space for event planners and groups that utilize our meeting spaces in The Inn at Ole Miss.”
This 2,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor space includes a bar handcrafted by alumnus Ben Napier (BA 07), star of HGTV’s “Home Town,” that is sure to be become a destination stop for visitors.
The new venue’s location will be on the site of the current McCormick Café.
“Once completed, the renovated and expanded McCormick’s will feature a new breakfast serving area, a larger patio and a full bar,” says Gaye Bukur, general manager of The Inn at Ole Miss. “The design allows the space to serve seamlessly as both a breakfast area in the mornings as well as a bar in the evenings.”
Donors will have an opportunity to have their names or others they want to recognize placed in one of the most prominent locations in Oxford.
“Designated naming opportunities as well as a Rebel Mug Club are available,” says OMAA Associate Director Clay Cavett (BBA 86). “Take this opportunity to assist in renovating this important space, and help us make a lasting impression on all of those who walk through the doors of McCormick’s.”
Naming opportunities range from $10,000 to $50,000. Campaign giving levels start at $250, but gifts of any amount are welcome. Membership in the Rebel Mug Club is $500 per member. Rebel Mug Club members will receive a commemorative beer mug, 20-ounce draft beer for the price of a pint in McCormick’s, and the first 200 charter members’ names will be placed on a plaque visible to patrons. Gifts in support of McCormick’s are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.