The death of Mark Boscariol forced people he worked with in Windsor to adapt to professional life without the inner city.
All three Facebook pages for Downtown Pizza Co., Good Neighbor and SnackBar-BQ – restaurants owned by Boscariol – Thursday posted on social media that they are "no longer active".
There are no details on why the popular restaurants are closed. It is a move that has influenced not only the lives of employees in those restaurants, but also the people with whom he has worked together throughout the community.
Hackforge is temporarily forced to close. According to board chairman Katie Facecchia, the non-profit group shared an alarm system with Downtown Pizza Co. next-door.
"We are currently talking to the Boscariol family, it is too early to comment or guess what the outcome might be in the future, but we are not determined by the space that is right," she said.
The Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative Little Things Matter program, which helps homeowners to improve the exterior of their home, was funded by Boscariol who would ask customers at their restaurants to pay one dollar when they pay for their meals.
DWCC Executive Director Robert Cameron said the program will continue, thanks to continued donations from the community.
"People donated. In fact, the Boscariol family was very generous in having donations from his funeral in the direction of Little Things Matter … We lost a good partner," Cameron said.
Organizers of the Walkerville Night Market are also forced to adjust their plans. Two of their events would take place in Boscariol's Good Neighbor restaurant in autumn.