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Official Opening for A10 Hyde Park

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

A10 Hyde Park, the newest restaurant venture by Chef Matthias Merges, celebrates its grand opening today, November 5, 2013. 

The opening not only marks a new voyage in cuisine, but also brings a new dining experience to the Hyde Park neighborhood.  With a focus on warm, hospitality and excellent service, visitors and residents alike should enjoy a refreshing new style of refined dining.  

Chef Merges is known for his upscale cuisine at two North Side locations: Billy Sunday and Yusho restaurants.  The courting of Chef Merges has been wildly discussed.  Merges revealed that his father is a local area graduate from UChicago and his family ties to the Hyde Park area is strong.  

Why Hyde Park?  Merges answered direct questions published in Chicago's Reader about the selection process.

"First we went through all their real estate and looked for a space that felt good. And we landed on the Harper Court building, right next to the theater, so at 53rd and Harper Court. We have the corner spot, and it's like a historic, turn-of-the-century space that really spoke to us. We walked in and it reminded us of France, and Italy, with the mosaic floors, with the plaster walls, with the high ceilings and the grand entrance. We said, this could not be more perfect for doing what we want to do. We have enough outdoor seating to do what you see in France, with the 70 seats outside. We had all those things, and it just made sense at that point to put that kind of, I guess, vision into the space."

The entire interview dispels some rumors and also provides intriguing insight about what Hyde Park should expect from A10. < Read More

The restaurant is less than a block from the Hyatt Place hotel in Hyde Park and next door to Harper Theater.  Its the perfect spot for dinner and a movie... but residents and visitors can also dine in for lunch, brunch or dinner without the flick.

Restaurant Details

1462 E 53rd St
(at S Harper)
Chicago, IL 60615
official website