Fusion on Thayer
The Kasles met at Cal State in 1972, but they didn't get into the restaurant business until 2000. After earning a bachelor's degree in English, Steve spent several decades helping run the family business, Kasle Steel, in Detroit. Mercy, who got her degree in music, taught school and raised their two daughters. Steve retired in the mid-nineties and taught school himself. Meanwhile, Mercy was running a catering company she co-owned.
To learn the business side of running a restaurant, she got a job as a hostess and assistant manager at Miki. She convinced Steve to quit teaching and come work alongside her a few months later. When they were ready to open a restaurant of their own in 2001, Kerrytown Bistro owner Ron Cresswell approached them about buying his place. They agreed and operated it until the lease ran out in 2003. They've been looking for another place ever since, traveling and spending time with their two grandkids until the perfect opportunity presented itself. When the Earle Uptown closed last summer, they knew they'd found it.
"Our focus is going to be the town," Steve says. In terms of affordability, "we are trying to be on the low end of fine dining. We want [Mercy's] to be a very special place that everyone will want to come to."
Mercy's, 300 S. Thayer (Bell Tower Hotel). 996-3729. Tues.-Thurs. 4-10 p.m., Fri. 4-11 p.m., Sat. 5-11 p.m. (After April 1: Sun. 5-10 p.m.)