New “futuristic diner” replacing The Crest on Parsons

Jack McLaughlin

A brand-new restaurant concept serving up a blast from the past–and from the future–is coming soon to Schumacher Place.

The Mercury Diner, a futuristic diner serving up throwback restaurant fare with a twist, is tentatively slated for an October opening at 621 Parsons Ave. The space, at the corner of Livingston Ave. and Parsons Ave., formerly housed The Crest’s second location.

Like The Crest and the nearby Alchemy Kitchen at 625 Parsons Ave., The Mercury Diner is owned by A&R Creative Group.


The Mercury Diner will feature space-age interior decoration, complete with intergalactic murals, all while serving up variations on classic diner fare from eras past.

“Inside it will feel like you’re eating in 3022, but you’re really eating in 1922,” said Managing Partner Justin Wotring.

According to Wotring, A&R wanted to capitalize on the daytime traffic at the location from its proximity to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and German Village. 

The Mercury Diner will function as more than just a restaurant, however.

The Parsons Ave. spot will likely host different after-dark pop ups and cook-off events, and it even boasts a small stage that Wotring envisions opening up to local creatives and musicians. It will also act as a restaurant incubator for A&R employees with food dreams of their own.

“We have a lot of creative people working for us, a lot of people with ambition,” Wotring said, “And we wanted to give them a launching pad.”

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