The latest endeavor from hospitality group The Indigo Road, Mercantile and Mash, plans to unlock the doors this fall. The concepts, located at The Cigar Factory, are currently hiring for an opening team. The Indigo Road announced the project last September, so to refresh your memory, here's the five facts to remember about the new venture at 710 East Bay St.
1. Mercantile is the name of the gourmet food retail space, with grab-and-go food stations, situated on 7,500 square feet of the address. Executive chef Trey Dutton (formerly of The Inn at Palmetto Bluff) and general manager Christa Polinsky will lead the team on this side. Pastry chef Anna Abram is onboard to provide sweet treats.
2. The 1,700 square foot bar is called Mash and includes an indoor bocce court and "1980s arcade games." The bar will serve beers, whiskeys, "American-driven spirits," and fancy bar snacks. Jeremiah Schenzel (of Cocktail Club) and Teddy Nixon (formerly of Edmund's Oast) are the bar managers at Mash.
3. The third component of the project is The Cedar Room, which is a private event space above the market and bar area. Supper club Bad Bitches recently used the space for their 90s-themed dinner.
4. This will be Charleston's foray into food halls — a trend sweeping across America. Eater describes these establishments as "multi-faceted, typically indoor markets showcasing a variety of local food vendors and artisans."
5. Mercantile and Mash should be opening in September. Managing partner Steve Palmer has an uncanny knack for getting his establishments up and running in a timely manner, so watch for a hard date soon.