Thursday, February 04, 2010

Olive Marketplace & Cafe by T Maccarone's

They did it again! Tom Maccarone and Chef Jake Crenshaw, co-owners of the popular T. Maccarone’s restaurant in Walla Walla purchased one of downtown's beloved landmarks, the 34-year old Merchants Ltd Deli. Tonight was the premiere opening for the Olive Marketplace & Cafe. It proved to be a grand evening of good food, good wine and visiting with many familiar faces, besides being the first ones to see the new design.

Yes Walla Walla Peeps, in many ways it is still the same Merchants LTD but even better with the same casual feel; adding a new paint job, furniture, art, kitchen and restrooms. The balcony area has new furniture and even niches for studying and meetings. In fact, it looks even bigger in spite of the sea of growing people who were there tonight to celebrate.

The Olive Marketplace will be opened daily from 6am to 9pm and 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Breakfast from 6-11am and the lunch and evening menus will feature their flat bread pizza, sandwiches, soups and other items. I can tell you first hand the flat bread pizza was luscious and so many toppings to choose from. Espresso, tea, local and imported wines and beer on tap are available.

And no. T Maccarones is not closing. It will still be down the street featuring the same popular menu with its contemporary approach to authentic Italian cuisine.

5 comments:

Simply Luxurious said...

Thanks for the update. I love T. Maccarone's, but had no idea about the buying of Merchant's Deli. I can't wait to check it out. Have a great weekend!

denise said...

Yeah! So cool! This is going to be a very fun place to hang out.

Paige said...

Hi Catie,

As a local, what's your recommendation for the best wine bar or casual restaurant with a great wine list in Walla Walla? I'll be in town with friends in two weeks, and instead of having dinner at your typical restaurant, we'd love a more casual setting were we can sip on local wine and dine on small bites in a fun atmosphere. My internet searches aren't coming up with a lot, so I'm looking at Olive Marketplace or Brasserie Four... but their websites are limited as to the wine and food offerings. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Catie said...

Hi Paige,
I think you will find what you are looking for at the Olive and Brasserie Four. Don't let the internet fool you. Brasserie Four has a great menu! Also, the Marcus Whitman's Vineyard Lounge has practically a thick menu of wines and noshes. Their wine selection is the largest in Walla Walla.
Cheers,
Catie

Paige said...

Thank you for the advice Catie! I think we'll try to peek in the windows or check out menus on Saturday while we're wine tasting downtown and go from there. From all the reviews I've read, Brasserie Four seems like the place to go, but my husband is leaning towards Vineyard Lounge because of the wine list. That is, after all, why we're in Walla Walla in the first place!