About Merchant + Trade Rooftop Bar

High above Uptown Charlotte, our rooftop lounge is a vibrant retreat of sleek and modern furnishings, lush foliage and soft lighting beckoning both visitors and locals. Our custom-designed playlists, expertly crafted cocktails and delicious bar snacks create a relaxed and welcoming vibe, while our covered terrace lets you enjoy the views no matter the weather. We are a 21+ venue.

Meet Our People

Executive Chef

Robert Hoffman

Executive Chef

Robert Hoffman is Executive Chef of Angeline’s, an Italian-influenced modern American restaurant and urban gathering place, and its sister operation Merchant & Trade, a 19th-floor rooftop lounge and event space, in Charlotte, N.C.

Hoffman joined the Kimpton family in 2016 as Executive Chef at SaltRock Kitchen & Amara Resort in Sedona, Arizona. Prior to that, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign graduate was executive chef at Labriola Ristorante & Café on Chicago’s Michigan Ave. He’s spent much of his restaurant career in his hometown of Chicago.

He’s schooled in both “high-tech” molecular gastronomy and techniques such as butchery and charcuterie.

Director of Food and Beverage

Andrew Carlson

Director of Food and Beverage

Andy Carlson first joined Kimpton Restaurants & Bars in 2011. His successes in the Mid-Atlantic led to his appointment to director of food and beverage for the first Kimpton restaurant in Charlotte, N.C. In this role, Carlson oversees Angeline's, an Italian-influenced modern American restaurant, Merchant & Trade, a 19th-floor rooftop lounge, and all of the catering and in-room dining for Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel.

Prior to moving to Charlotte, Carlson served as general manager for two Kimpton restaurants and bars in the Mid-Atlantic: Radiator in Washington, D.C. and Jackson 20 in historic Old Town Alexandria. And prior to that, from 2011 to 2015, Carlson was bar manager at Poste Moderne Brasserie, a Kimpton restaurant in Washington, DC.

Carlson has a service philosophy "where empathy and hospitality come first," he says. He's also a really likable guy; he won the Personality Award at the 2017 Kimpton Chef and General Manager conference.