Tuesday, January 10, 2017

In a Pig's Eye in Salem to Be Replaced by Mercy Tavern

A North Shore restaurant that briefly closed a few months ago before a new owner reopened it is being replaced by a brand new spot.

According to a job post on the Craigslist site, In a Pig's Eye in Salem is going to become home to Mercy Tavern, with the new owner of In a Pig's Eye--Pat Schultz, who is also the founder of Howling Wolf in Salem--being behind the new place. The post says that the upcoming restaurant will be "one of the most innovative and beautiful eateries/drinkeries in Salem" and that renovations are currently taking place, with the menu also being overhauled; when it opens, Mercy Tavern will focus on "high quality English and American pub food" and hopes to have the "best burger anyone has ever tasted."

In a Pig's Eye shut down in September of 2015 after 30 years in business, and it looked like the closure would be permanent, but in October Schultz took over the space, with the goal being to close for awhile for renovations around the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017. The restaurant and bar had been featured on our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants), with the review being found at this link:


The address for In a Pig's Eye (and the upcoming Mercy Tavern) is 148 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970.

[February 28 update: According to its Facebook page, the former In a Pig's Eye (and future Mercy Tavern) has been going through renovations and the licensing process and is hoping to reopen as Mercy Tavern on April 1.]

[April 2 update: A new Facebook post from the place says that In a Pig's Eye will reopen as Mercy Tavern on Friday, April 7.]

[Earlier Articles]
In a Pig's Eye in Salem Is Reopening
In a Pig's Eye in Salem in Salem Is Closing

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]