© concrete / photography: ewout huibers - out on the terrace
iq creative has spawned yet another happening establishment. the company behind supper club, an amsterdam night haunt with global fame, and a string of other establishments across town, has taken over the management of club panama's restaurant section. renamed mercat, the place has been given a makeover by design practice concrete to match its new hospitality formula. inspired by catalonia's lively food halls, packed to the guilds with fresh produce, mercat's interior mimicks such an environment in a stylized way. referencing the many hawkers are two separate food stalls, one is free-standing and serves as a drinks and foods bar. a mesh steel canopy has been placed atop, adorned by names of spanish products in neon lettering, and actual products dangling from the structure. another similarly decorated stall is semi-attached to the kitchen, and directly situated on top is a mezzanine floor with additional and a more secluded seating capacity. the furnishings are intentionally eclectic, varying from vintage chairs, to wooden tables and comfy chesterfield sofas. to heighten the feel of authenticity, a motley collection of spanish food-related artefacts are showcased in open cabinets below three aligned arched passages that lead to the restaurant area. when weather permits, a sunny outdoor terrace is available. what's cookin'? no worries, mercat's menu has got you fully covered any time of the day with a wide variety of authentic bites, dishes and wines from the iberian peninsula. location: oostelijke handelskade 4 [oostelijk havengebied].
© concrete / photography: ewout huibers - ground floor bar + restaurant, mezzanine floor [top to bottom]