“We have poured our hearts into this enterprise, but have reached the difficult conclusion that we can no longer sustain operations,” Marc Pribaz, owner and founder of Istria, said in the notice.
Pribaz started the café in 2005 with brother Paul under the Metra viaduct at 1520 E. 57th St., and expanded to the 5030 S. Cornell Ave. location in 2008.
Pribaz was unavailable for comment. Representatives from the Art Center did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but posted the closure on its website.
“The Art Center is committed to ensuring that the space formerly occupied by Istria continues to be used as a welcoming place for the community to gather,” says Brook Rosini, marketing director, on hydeparkart.org. “To that end, we are actively working with Istria's owner to make this a seamless transition.”
The shuttering of the Hyde Park Art Center location marks the end of the café. The 57th Street location was sold in 2010.