SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Danielle Mercuri is always thinking outside the box when it comes to the food she serves. Mecuri is the owner of the popular Rise N Shine Diner.
Its second location is on Westcott Street. During the pandemic, the original location on Thompson Road had to shut down twice and she was left with only two options, “It was either close down or pivot,” Mercuri said, “That was where we ended up with doing this and having the whole concept of Loded. At this point we’ve been just rebranding the whole thing for Loded.”
6393 Thompson Road is no longer a diner. It’s Loded – featuring your not so average burger, fries, shakes and more with a 90s feel. It’s mainly take-out, but has limited seating.
For Danielle Mercuri, it’s more than just a building. That’s why she had to find a way to keep it open. “I originally was a server here at Rise N Shine Diner back when Pete Hennessy owned it,” Mercuri explained. “And Peter Hennessy did get very sick and he willed the place to me. So he was a mentor of mine. He was an amazing person.”
She credits him and support from her team and community for why she is able to thrive during such an uncertain time.
Loded officially opens Thursday, April 29th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mercuri has more plans in the works including another Rise N Shine diner location.