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.
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 25+ beers on tap, we also offer an approachable and interesting wine list, a great craft cocktail program, both including cocktails & wines on tap. The menu 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 be 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 are proud to be contributing to the culture and dining of Downtown Crossing. View Larger Map » We have free wi-fi, offer a free coat check and feature locally roasted Boston Common Coffee.
Validated parking available at the 33 Arch Street Garage, entrance located on Hawley Street.
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
Chef Ignacio Lopez
Chef Ignacio Lopez brings a life long passion for food, cooking, and serving guests needs. His career is marked by accepting and excelling in culinary positions where he has been able to serve the needs of guests in markets that range from casual dining to ultra-luxury.
He began cooking professionally at the age of sixteen. After cooking his way through fine dining kitchens in San Diego, he eventually landed his first Executive Sous Chef position at the exclusive Fairbanks Ranch Country Club working under Executive Chef Francis Perrot. He has worked under other legendary chefs including Francis Perrot, Jeff Jackson, Joachim Sandbitchier, Timothy Au, Kerry Neff and Jean Pierre Dubray. He learned many skills working under each chef, most notably market to table food service which he has continued to use at each restaurant he has worked.
After working in different restaurants and resorts from New Hampshire to Connecticut to California he made his way back to the East Coast in 2011. He worked as Executive Sous Chef and Chef at some great Boston area restaurants such as Landana Restaurant, Exhange Street Bistro, Beat Brasserie and Tuscan Kitchen before coming to The Merchant.
Ignacio brings an unassuming cooking philosophy that is grounded in the simplicity of market driven, seasonally inspired menu items, placing emphasis on the quality and freshness of New England ingredients.
Join us for $1 oysters every Monday & Friday from 4pm-9pm.
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.