Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Get ready: Mellow Mushroom opens in Merchants Square next week

Mellow Mushroom's sign now hangs on the front of the restaurant's patio. (WYDaily/ Courtesy Jeff Duncan, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)
Mellow Mushroom’s sign now hangs on the front of the restaurant’s patio. (WYDaily/ Courtesy Jeff Duncan, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

The big pair of scissors are on hand and will soon cut the ribbon in front of Mellow Mushroom.

Mellow Mushroom, the newest addition to Merchants Square, will open its doors to the public Monday morning, said owner Gray Nelson.

It’s at 100 S. Henry St. facing Wythe Candy and the Cheese Shop.

The restaurant will open at 11 a.m., with the ribbon cutting scheduled for 10:45 a.m. City Council members Doug Pons and Barbara Ramsey and Mayor Paul Freiling are planning to attend, said Lee Ann Hartmann, the city’s spokeswoman.

Mellow Mushroom will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and until midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

The restaurant’s arrival was announced nearly a year ago after Mellow Mushroom was given a performance-based incentive grant from the City Council and the Economic Development Authority.

The roughly 3,800-square-foot restaurant will include an outdoor patio, and offer a menu including gourmet pizza, calzones, salads and craft beers. Each Mellow Mushroom restaurant sports its own unique design and atmosphere.

Nelson said the new Mellow Mushroom seats 229 guests and was designed with a retro 1980s rock n’ roll theme.

“It’s a modern English interpretation of British rock and our connection to England, targeting the 80s,” Nelson said, adding guests will see tributes to bands like Def Leppard, Modern English and The Cure on the restaurant’s walls.

The bands’ hit music will also be played over the restaurant’s speakers.

There will also be “nods to William & Mary all throughout” the restaurant, Nelson said – including the diploma of his father, who graduated in the Class of 1966.

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