HYDE PARK — Yusho closed its Hyde Park location Saturday after nearly three years in the neighborhood.
Chef Matthias Merges said in a statement Wednesday he was closing the restaurant at 1301 E. 53rd St. to focus on his other Hyde Park restaurant, A10, 1462 E. 53rd St.
“After a great run in a neighborhood we love, we are closing Yusho Hyde Park to concentrate our efforts on the Michelin award-winning A10 and our new upcoming projects,” Merges said. “We are grateful for the opportunity Yusho provided in the vibrant and historic community of Hyde Park and we will continue to provide great hospitality and cuisine to all of our A10 neighbors.”
The closure comes a month after the Las Vegas Yusho closed and as Merges’ Folkart Restaurant Management plans a cocktail bar in Hotel Zachary and Lucky Dorr Patio and Tap in Wrigleyville.
The Hyde Park Yusho had faced hurdles to opening. The University of Chicago, the landlord for the building, sparked a brief battle with neighbors that ended up in court when it lifted a liquor moratorium so Yusho could serve alcohol.
Whatever business now moves into the location will also be able to apply for a liquor license.
James Hennessey, associate vice president for commercial real estate operations for the university, said he is searching for a new restaurant to take over the building and hopes to announce a new tenant later this year.