Already at the beginning of the past century, the familiy (great-grandmother and grandparents) opened different gastronomic facilities (Hölze Bud, Mosella, Ems) near the Place de la Gare.
Mr. Egide Mertens purchased the property where now the hotel Empire stands.
Opening of a pub on the property.
Construction of the hotel Empire.
Mr. Josy Mertens and his wife took over the management of the hotel.
Julien and Victor Mertens took over the management of the hotel.
Beginning of the rebuiling and modernization of the hotel.