By Libby Hopkins

When you walk into Mayhams Restaurant in Seffner, your sense of smell is engulfed by the scent of some amazing Southern cooking. You are also greeted as if you are a long lost family member.

Mayhams has only been open for a little over eight weeks, but business is booming. Margie Miller is the manager and she treats all of her customers as if they are family.

“We know everyone that walks in the door,” Miller said.

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner all with a Southern flare. Miller’s customers claim she has the best fried okra in town.

Heather Wallace, of Quest at Kingsway Church in Seffner, is a regular customer of Miller’s. She and her family go to Mayhams every Sunday after church because the food is awesome and Miller gives them 10 percent discount off their bill because they are members of the church.

“We were honored they would offer this to us as a means of helping support our church,” Wallace said.

“I ask them to take the money they save from the discount and give it back to their church,” Miller said. “I do this because I can’t make it to church, but I still want to contribute to church.” Both Wallace and Miller think it’s great when a community can support each other.

Mayhams is currently the only restaurant in Seffner that is not owned by a major restaurant chain.

“I feel that Seffner needed a little place and all of us needed jobs, so it was a win-win for all of us,” Miller said. If you ask her why she works seven days a week from sun up to sun down, she’ll tell you it’s because she loves Seffner. “What makes the food so special at Mayhams is that it’s made with love and I love Seffner,” Miller said.

Mayhams hours of operation are Monday-Friday from  6 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and Sundays from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. It is located at 1812 S. Parsons Ave. For more information, call 689-0077.


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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.