Most everyone can agree that Mulino is a gorgeous space, but do you know the history behind it? Originally built in 1900, the historic building we call home is a multi-use property serving as the location of Mulino on the ground floor, a multipurpose space that has served as everything from office to showroom on the second floor, and the third floor for our special events venue, Melrose Knitting Mill.
Melrose Textile Mill, which manufactured underpants and bathing suits, served as the building’s only resident until 1930, but like many mills and factories, it closed for good just a year after the stock market crash of “Black Tuesday”. Fast forward to 2009, Mulino Founder and Creative Director Samad Hachby opened the restaurant Babylon and re-imagined it to the Italian eatery that it is today.
There is so much history in our building yet so many concepts from the 1900s are still around today. Everyone’s favorite food, pizza, originated in Naples but moved to America in the 1900s. You know you will always leave Mulino full and happy after eating our pizza. Have you tried all six of the pizzas on our menu?
Along with our food, the cocktails that we serve also have a rich history. In 1919, the US government sanctioned a law that would criminalize the manufacturing and sale of alcohol for 13 long years – resulting in some of the most creative innovations the drinks industry has ever seen. While chasers such as the Pickleback helped cleanse the burning palates of Prohibition drinkers, bartenders and party-throwers soon discovered that delicious mixed drinks could be made from a few simple ingredients. Here are a few drinks that are still around for your historic inspiration!
Dash of Egg White
Next time you’re in, we’d be happy to show you around the property and share even more history with you! We look forward to seeing you soon. Don’t forget to make your reservation in advance.