Future of Mercato Uncertain After Closure for Water Damage

013Nineteen of the 29 employees who lost their jobs when Mercato this weekend shuttered for extensive renovations have been relocated to other Holliday Company properties.

“We’re working to place the other employees,” adds spokeswoman Elise Reinemann, who confirms all of the staffers were offered Hank’s Seafood Restaurant, Peninsula Grill or DoubleTree Hotel positions which mirrored their Mercato jobs.

According to Reinemann, the temporary closure was prompted by “significant water intrusion issues from neighboring buildings” on North Market Street. The restaurant was already considering renovations, but the severity of the water damage cinched it. Continue reading