Boston Eater's coverage of The Merchant, from our first sketches to the food we serve today!
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An American Brasserie
The brasserie style restaurant originated in France in the mid to late 1800's. The word literally translates as “brewery”, and was commonly a restaurant that brewed its own beer to serve its guests. A Brasserie is typically defined as a large, informal restaurant, that serves food and alcohol throughout the day, and late into the evening.
The Merchant borrows from these ideas, and while we don't brew our own beer, we offer a wide variety on draft, and in bottle & can. The bar is a major focal point; providing a convivial atmosphere and top-notch product. Along with our selection of over 60 beers, we also offer an approachable and interesting wine list, including 3 wines on tap, and a great cocktail program. Our kitchen serves food from open ‘til close, to give our guests sustenance whenever they may need it. The menu, created by Executive Chef Matt Foley, is designed to offer a quick bite, or a full coursed meal at lunch or at dinner. We also offer late night dining for our friends and neighbors, who need something to eat after a long evening's work.
The Merchant is located at 60 Franklin St. in Downtown Crossing, on the edge of the Financial District. We are extremely excited to be a part of the revitalization of the neighborhood, and strive to become a neighborhood go-to. The Merchant name is in part an homage to the great history of the neighborhood, and the previous tenant 'London Harness', who traded at the space for almost 100 years. We look forward to contributing to the culture and dining of Downtown Crossing.
Validated parking available at the 33 Arch Street Garage.
Daytime Parking: 20% discount on posted rate
Nighttime Parking (Mon-Fri 3:30pm-3:00am, up to 10 hours): $6 with validation
Weekend Parking (All day Saturday and Sunday, up to 10 hours): $6 with validation-free wifi Valet parking offered Thursday, Friday & Saturday night.
Executive Sous Chef Tim McQuinn
Tim was born just outside of Syracuse in upstate New York. At the young age of 10, Tim found a love for freestyle wrestling, and continued to be a competitive wrestler through college. In high school, struggling to always make weight(though he never missed weight even once), he took comfort in watching the food network since he couldn't actually eat any food.
From there, he soon found a passion for cooking, passing up wrestling scholarships to go on to Paul Smith's culinary school in the Adirondack mountains. While in school, Tim was able to secure a stage at a two Michelin star restaurant in Burgundy France, called L'esperance. Upon graduating with an associates degree in Culinary Arts, and a bachelors in Food Service Management, he followed with stints around the northeast at restaurants such as the Mirror Lake Inn and Craigie on Main, as well as being the chef de cuisine of Banq, and the executive chef of The North Hero House in Vermont. Tim worked with Chef Foley at Craigie on Main for two years, and Foley convinced Tim to move back to Boston to help open The Merchant. In Tim's spare time, he writes murder mysteries, is a world class Archer, plays the banjo, and his celebrity crush is Meryl Streep.
Executive Chef Matt Foley
Matt Foley was born and raised right here in the lovely city of Boston, Massachusetts. Throughout his youth, Matt found a great deal of interest in playing sports, especially Hockey and Bowling, along with being an incredible pianist. But during his youth, he caught the cooking bug and never let go, and decided to attend Johnson and Wales in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated from there with an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts, and a Bachelors Degree in Food Service Management. Matt then moved on to work with famed Chef John Elkhay for 7 years; 3 of which as acting Executive Chef of Citron in Providence. Along with cooking, Matt has a large passion for wine, and passed his level two sommalier certification at the age of 23. After 7 years in Providence, Matt decided he still had much to learn, and moved to Boston to begin a 2 year stint at Radius. From there, he worked at Craigie on Main for 4 years; 3 of those years as Sous Chef and the right hand man of Chef Tony Maws. After his time at Craigie, he went to help friends David Punch and Lydia Reichert in the opening of Sycamore in Newton MA, where he met with owner Shane Smyth, and the two hatched plans for The Merchant. Being involved since the pre-opening stages allowed Matt to get involved in planning from the bottom up, and really stamp his vision for a new restaurant. Matt spends his nights off at his second job as a Ninja. If he's not saving the world, he can be found hanging out with his regal cat, Muscat. Matt is not afraid of heights but is nervous around very low spaces. He enjoys Grape Soda, Ice Cream, and hopes to one day be the first person to Moonwalk a marathon.
Dine Out Boston
August 17 - 29
This year we're participating in Dine Out Boston, formerly known as Restaurant Week. Here's a sneak peak of the special prix-fix lunch & dinner we'll be serving. See you there!
A three course meal with drinks included won't come at this great a price. Join Matt for simple yet delicious cooking and eating - and prepare to get your hands dirty!
Register for the class!
The Merchant offers a variety of private dining options, including 2 private dining rooms, to cater to each individual client from business meetings and social events to bridal showers, baby showers and holiday parties. Our professional staff can customize your menus to suit the needs of you and your guests to create an unforgettable event. Reserve »