The Merchant Is Opening in Downtown Boston
It looks like a brand new restaurant is on its way to downtown Boston.
According to a post within the restaurant jobs section of the BostonChefs.com site, The Merchant is going to be opening on Franklin Street, with the 200-seat dining and drinking spot being an "American Brasserie" with a raw bar, two private dining rooms, and a 40-foot bar with 36 beers on tap, a "creative" wine list, and craft cocktails. The post from BostonChefs.com says that the kitchen will be headed by Matthew Foley, who was formerly a Sous Chef at Craigie on Main in Cambridge. Based on a page from the City of Boston website, it looks like The Merchant may have received its liquor license from the now-closed Pigalle, a French restaurant in the Theatre District that owner Marc Orfaly closed earlier this year to reportedly make way for a new concept at some point.
Expect The Merchant to open sometime in December.
[February 24, 2014 update: The Merchant has not yet opened, but based on a new post within the Craigslist site, it appears very close, as the post says that it plans to open at the end of this month.]
[March 2, 2014 update: According to its Facebook page, The Merchant is now open.]
The address for this new spot in downtown Boston is: The Merchant, 60 Franklin Street, Boston, MA, 02110.
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