On Wednesday night, I had the opportunity to attend the #opentheredoors opening of the Cigar Factory project here in Charleston with my friend, Gillian. The Indigo Road hospitality and consultation group has created a fantastic emporium in this historic space. You might have heard of Indigo Road before as they are the the brains behind fantastic Charleston restaurants like Oak Steakhouse, The Cocktail Club, and O-Ku.
Mercantile and Mash's main first floor space which houses a provisions-style retail center, casual eatery, and coffee shop. They had passed hors d'oeuvres and an amazing charcuterie spread. I loved getting to watch them make the tortellini (and, of course, get to taste them). After a few snacks and another drink, we headed back to Mash Bar. Serving beer, whiskeys, "American-driven" spirits, and fancy bar snacks, has a great atmosphere. They also have an indoor bocce court and 1980s arcade games.
The Cedar Room is 10,000 square feet and can accommodate a seated dinner for up to 300 guests. It features historic wood columns, hardwood floors from the original space and rustic elements circa 1880. There is also a bridal suite, service bar, warming kitchen, and a courtyard and garden with additional space. We had the chance to try even more food from Mercantile and Mash, and it was all delicious! Striped Pig Distillery was there, too, making cocktails with their lavender and orange gin.