MCL Cafeterias

MCL Restaurant & Bakery, formerly known as MCL Cafeterias, is a chain of American cafeteria-style restaurants based in Indianapolis.

MCL Restaurant & Bakery
FormerlyMCL Cafeterias
Founded1950; 71 years ago (1950) in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Charles O. McGaughey
  • George Laughner
Number of locations
13 (2019)
Area served
Indiana, Ohio, Illinois
ProductsAmerican food
OwnersMcGaughey family


The company began with a single cafeteria in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1950, founded by Charles O. McGaughey and George Laughner. MCL is an abbreviation of their two names.[1] Today, the chain operates locations in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. It is a privately owned company, now exclusively owned by the McGaughey family. In 2007, MCL Cafeterias changed the brand to "MCL Restaurant and Bakery", although no fundamental changes were made in production.[2] MCL competed with Laughner's Cafeteria, which was founded by a cousin.

MCL Cafeteria at the Kingsdale Shopping Center in Upper Arlington, Ohio


  1. ^ Our story
  2. ^ Schnitzler, Peter (September 17, 2007). "MCL spending $1M to freshen its image". Indianapolis Business Journal.

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