Max’s Brick Oven Café

112 Market House Square
Paducah, KY 42001
(270) 575-3473

Category: Dining & Gourmet

Hours of Operation:
MONDAY - THURSDAY 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. FRIDAY - SATURDAY 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.

The railings surrounding the patio were salvaged from the Carnegie Library fire of 1963, as was the interior staircase railing. The African mahogany shutters by the patio doors, the server station and the entire façade of the bar once graced the interior of the old St. Mary Academy that was demolished in 1997. The massive front doors were probably opened by many Paducah citizens in their youth, as they were the original front doors of the St. Mary Academy. The glass tiles above the front doors are original to this 1898 building as is the Jackson Foundry cast iron storefront. The art deco chandeliers in the dining room once illuminated the Benton Methodist Church. Visible from the street in front of the building is a small triangular stained glass window that was purchased in Chicago, but was salvaged from a demolished Catholic Church in Cairo, Illinois. The bricks that compose the wood burning oven were once the exterior walls of the St. Mary Academy. The paintings on the walls in Max’s bar are advertising posters of the '20s and '30s, mostly of French design, that were beautifully duplicated by local artist Amy Taylor Nolan, as was the large figure that graces the dining room staircase. It is a replica of a Guy Buffet painting that he was commissioned to create for Perrier-Jouet Champagne.