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Toronto restaurant that was a lunchtime favourite has closed

Restaurants for a great office lunch have taken a hit recently in Toronto, with one more closing down.

Locale Mercatto is part of Mercatto Hospitality, which has several other restaurants around the city that mainly deal in Italian cuisine with options like pasta, pizza, seafood and burgers.

Unfortunately, their Locale restaurant on Bay St. in the Financial District where they used to make bank off office workers having lunch is undergoing a lot of construction right now and is temporarily closed indefinitely. 

It's been closed since initial lockdowns and a reopening date is to be determined.

"We closed when everybody closed at the very beginning of the pandemic and did not reopen," Mercatto communications manager Karen Deuel tells blogTO.

Mercatto Hospitality is focusing on their four remaining open restaurants by increasing their retail business and concentrating on finish-at-home kits in addition to being open for indoor dining with a new spring menu.

A previous version of this article stated Locale has permanently closed, when it is temporarily closed indefinitely.

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Hector Vasquez


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