Since 2010, Merchant has been as an energetic industrial-chic cafe, craft cocktail bar and late night destination specializing in no-nonsense, seasonal fare and drink steeped in the classics. Here we celebrate our growing city, innovative industry, and our thriving neighborhood, the historic First Settlement District of Madison, a neighborhood steeped in history, quality, authenticity, style, and entertainment.
In 2022, we put in place a state-of-the-art renovation featuring aviation-style windows, new finishes and wraparound seating. This is an opportunity showcase our passion for cooking, service, and community with a culture that celebrates our hospitality group's mission to create spaces for treating each other and ourselves well. The team is led by some of the Madison's top talent, including RNO Beverage Director, Caitlyn Nicholson and RNO Culinary Director Jon Nodler, a James Beard Foundation nominated semi-finalist and Owner / Executive chef of Food & Wine Magazine’s “#1 Best New Restaurant” in 2019.
Merchant is an ongoing endeavor, a restaurant that is a teaching kitchen, a place for an expression of our craft, and most importantly, a convivial space to dine, drink, and toast to what is possible here in Madison, WI.
Photo credit: Nicole Hansen Photography