Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Having once cooked for Michelle Obama, this out-of-towner is now a Pittsburgh restaurateur.

Chef Dennis Marron is opening two seafood-centric restaurants in a month. 

Not many chefs move to a new city and, two years later, open two restaurants within a month. But that’s exactly what Dennis Marron is doing.

He opened or, The Whale in Downtown’s new Distrikt Hotel mid-September and his Merchant Oyster Co. will drop anchor at 4129 Butler St. in Lawrenceville in the next week or so.

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Good Food Pittsburgh

Merchant Oyster Co. Opening Next Week

After teasing us on Butler Street in Lawrenceville for many months, Merchant Oyster Co., the new New England-style chowder house from Chef Dennis Marron (who also just opened or, The Whale), is planning to open its doors to the public on Tuesday, October 17.

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Made In PGH

21 New and Coming Soon Restaurants in Pittsburgh, Summer 2017 Edition

We’ve been anxiously anticipating Butler Street’s upcoming addition — Merchant Oyster Co. Merchant Oyster Co. is going to bring much-needed seafood to Lawrenceville in the form of lobster rolls, mussels, steamers, and, of course, oysters.

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Chef Dennis Marron to Open a Pittsburgh Oyster Bar

The former executive chef of The Commoner will open Merchant Oyster Company in Lawrenceville in September.

Marron says he’s going to feature northeastern coastal seafood: chowders, fried clam strips, steamers, mussels, lobster rolls and, of course, oysters (there will be at least 12 varieties at any given time). “It’s an ode to all the places [on the shore] that I grew up going to. I’d go sit outside, eat steamers and oysters, and have a pitcher of beer. I miss that,” he says.

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Chef at Hotel Monaco leaves to pursue independent venture

Executive chef of the Commoner at The Kimpton Hotel Monaco Downtown has left the position to pursue his own venture.

Dennis Marron moved to Pittsburgh to run the hotel restaurant that opened in January in the former Reed Smith building, providing input in the design of the kitchen and the dining room and shaping the menu.

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How long have you worked in your position?

6 months for my latest project…or my whole life pending on what you consider a chef.

What do you cook at home?
I love to cook at home and usually keep it simple. My go to is a whole roasted chicken, I love the way it makes the house smell…like home.

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Merchant Oyster Company Hosting Farm Roast

Eagerly anticipating the opening of Dennis Marron’s Merchant Oyster Company later this Fall? Get a sneak preview of some Merchant menu items at a Farm Roast party at Root and Heart Farm next month.

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Merchant Oyster Company opening new restaurant in Lawrenceville

Merchant Oyster Company, a northeast style oyster bar and chowder house, is preparing to open their first brick-and-mortar location in 2017. The restaurant will be located at the corner of 42nd street and Butler in Lawrenceville.

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