Techno music fans are shedding tears this week as Mercer 113 has shut its doors. The clubstaurant opened in 2012 at 113 W. Hubbard St. from the same ownership team behind Moe’s Cantina and John Barleycorn. Management made the announcement on Monday on Facebook and the same photo collage appears on Mercer’s website.
Mercer is not part of Sam Sanchez’s Third Coast Hospitality Group. Sanchez was involved it opened, but departed after eight months. His brother, Roman Sanchez remained in charged of the bar. Ownership tweaked the concept about a year after it opened, bringing in chef Michael Lachowicz (Restaurant Michael in suburban Winnetka) to revamp the menu. Mercer was split into three different spaces aimed to give customers different experiences. However, it never became the dining destination that ownership originally envisioned. It blended in with the rest of the party bars along Hubbard, where DJs played club music until the wee hours after dinner.
There’s no official word why it closed and there’s no information if there are any plans for the space at this time. For now, there’s a large void for bottle service along Hubbard Street. Keep it here for any updates.