Merge has reopened; Costner benefit Monday Tweet on Saturday, January 23, 2010 3:21 PM, updated: January 23, 2010 at 3:21 pm ADVERTISEMENT On Monday night, friends of Ricky Costner Jr. are throwing a party in memory of the Merge sous chef, killed last week by a co-worker. At 6 p.m. at the Towne Ballroom, 681 Main St., it'll be a night of "raising money, raising awareness, and raising the roof in Little Ricky's honor." A $15 donation is suggested. There will be music and free food, but a cash bar, a silent auction and a dart gift board. Merge's Sarah Schneider said the restaurant reopened Thursday, returning to its regular hours, with one exception: this Monday night, for the benefit.