Istria café serves its last customers

The café has opened and closed two locations since its founding in 2005.

By Marina Fang

Istria Café, located inside the Hyde Park Arts Center on South Cornell Avenue and East 50th Place, has closed. The decision was announced through a notice posted on its door last Sunday.

“We have poured our hearts into this enterprise, but have reached the difficult conclusion that we can no longer sustain operations,” Marc Pribaz, Istria’s founder and owner, wrote in the announcement..

This is the second Istria location to close. Founded in 2005, the Café began on 57th Street under the Metra viaduct. It expanded to a second location at the Hyde Park Arts Center in 2008. The 57th Street location closed in 2010.

Staff members from the Hyde Park Arts Center said they will work with Istria’s owners to find a replacement. They are also soliciting suggestions from the community.

“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,” Brook Rosini, marketing and communications manager at the Center, wrote on their blog.