The Mercury Brings Craft Cocktails to the 2nd Floor

02 04 2016 | Posted in Food

Inspired by the 1960s era, The Mercury is serving up delicious cocktails as well as lunch and dinner on the 2nd floor of the Central Food Hall. We chatted with owners Brooks Cloud, Julian Goglia and Mike Blydestein about The Mercury experience, their cocktail program, and even the inspiration behind the restaurants theme.

What is the most exciting or unique thing about opening in the Central Food Hall?

We are a true craft cocktail experience at Ponce City Market and are proud to be part of the family here. Our unique interiors and warm ambiance are a nice balance to the industrial space, and we are excited to be the destination for visitors and residents alike.

Describe The Mercury experience at PCM.

We are a cocktail-focused, classic eatery that was inspired by mid-century American culture. Chef Mike Blydenstein’s menu features a raw bar, chops and steaks, and perfectly-executed classic entrees. Beverage Director Julian Goglia curates a full service bar program rooted in approachability and familiarity updated with modern technique, house made ingredients and premium spirits.

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What menu item or cocktail are you most excited about debuting at PCM?

Our tableside cocktail service is offered for parties of 4 or more and is a very unique experience for guests to enjoy. We are excited to offer an updated take on classic dishes that you don’t see very often like the Prime Rib Sandwich and French Onion Soup.

What is the best part of being an Atlanta-based restaurant?

It’s invigorating to be a part of the booming food scene in town, and particularly to be involved in one of the most highly regarded developments in Atlanta. We are located just minutes off the BeltLine and are able to serve guests from all over the city. Atlanta has been good to us!

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What local businesses, organizations, people, etc. inspire you?

King of Pops has accomplished admirable growth over the past few years, and it’s been fun to watch the Old Fourth Ward Distillery expansion. We are proud of our own teams at The Pinewood and The Mercury, and the success that we’ve had with our Proof Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrups.

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What is one cool fact about The Mercury that folks might not know? 

One of our partner’s mother worked for NASA for 30 years and that was a large part of the inspiration behind the space theme.