Hilary McNevin

31 Flinders Lane
First Virginia Plain, now Mercy has shut at 31 Flinders Lane.

In what must be one of the most short-lived revamps ever, the Mercy Bar & Eatery at 31 Flinders Lane, formerly known as Virginia Plain, has shut its doors.

According to Wayne Benton of Sellers Muldoon Benton, the city-based administrators who are now managing the business, the venue has gone into voluntary liquidation.

“...it was not reaching the turnover it required to make it viable,” he said.

The bar and eatery’s last service was Saturday night with staff informed of the closure on Sunday. On Monday, a sign was put in the front door of the restaurant simply stating 'closed until further notice'. 

The space, owned by restaurateur Marco Santucci, relaunched as Mercy Bar & Eatery on June 19 after closing as Virginia Plain on June 15 for a small refurbishment.

Santucci was unable to be contacted for comment.