First Look: The Merchant
Come and get it!
Edible wares are about to be offered for sale at The Merchant, a new downtown American brasserie. Co-owner Shane Smyth, who is also behind Newton's new gem Sycamore, was ironing out the kinks when we visited this week for a quick look around the 200-seat space, which promises to be the latest in a line of destination restaurants that lure diners downtown even after 5 PM. (In fact, The Merchant will offer a late-night menu, a treat for some of the area's oft-abandoned residents.) "Silvertone has been here forever. Restaurants and bars like that, Stoddard's and jm Curley have been pioneers," says Smyth. "They really helped bring people to downtown areas they weren't going to before, and they helped keep here the people who were here. We're the continuation of that movement, and hope to complement it."
Here's a look at what you'll find inside.