Istria closes its doors

By LINDSAY WELBERS
Staff Writer

Istria Café, located inside of the Hyde Park Art Center, closed its doors on Sunday, Jan. 20.

The café shut its doors at 5030 S. Cornell Ave. with little advance notice, said HPAC executive director Kate Lorenz. Istria owners could not be reached at this time.

“Their management made that decision on Sunday. It was fairly sudden and we’re working. We’re disappointed but overly committed to having a vibrant space for the community,” Lorenz said.

According to a blog post on the HPAC website, Istria owners are working with the center to find a suitable replacement for the site. HPAC is requesting suggestions from the neighborhood for a replacement business.

“We’re excited. I think it’s a great amenity. I’m looking forward to something great and we’re sorry for everybody,” Lorenz said.