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A10, Matthias Merges’ Hyde Park Restaurant, Closes After Five Years

Another operator is interested in the space

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A10’s five-year-run in Hyde Park ended on Saturday as Matthias Merges (Gideon Sweet, Old Irving Brewing, Billy Sunday) has closed the Italian-centric restaurant. A Facebook post announced the shutter, citing that another operator had been interested in the space and that ownership felt it was time to move along.

Merges’ Folkart Restaurant Management has undergone plenty of changes over the last year as they’ve closed both Yusho locations in Logan Square and in Hyde Park. Folkart also opened Mordecai, a new bourbon-focused restaurant across the street from Wrigley Field. Merges also collaborated with pal Graham Elliot on Gideon Sweet in the West Loop.

The announcement mentioned difficulties in leaving “behind a restaurant and community we value so greatly.” It also mentioned closing would give ownership a chance to explore new ventures. That reasoning was the same cited when Yusho Hyde Park closed. Read the full Facebook announcement here:

“We love Hyde Park and appreciate the five wonderful years we’ve enjoyed in the neighborhood. Another business expressed strong interest in developing a new dining concept for the space, and we decided it was the right time to transition and focus on other projects. It’s difficult to leave behind a restaurant and community we value so greatly, but are grateful for the experience and excited for our new ventures.”

Michelin recognized the restaurant as a Bib Gourmand selection in 2016 and 2015. There are no indications to what will replace A10. A Folkart spokeswoman hasn’t responded for comment. Block Club Chicago first noticed the shutter.


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