A bi-level bar and restaurant in the heart of Wrigleyville, Mordecai offers a new destination for discerning drinkers and casual cocktail fans. Developed by Folkart Restaurant Management, creators of the award-winning cocktail bar Billy Sunday, Mordecai’s extensive back bar features one of the country’s largest selections of collectible vintage spirits, with a focus on rare whiskey. Guests can enjoy limited edition pours, classic cocktails, wine and local craft beer, ideal for game day celebrations or cocktail-fueled evenings. A full menu serves refined, American-inspired bar fare and grilled entrees. A special thank you credit to the Mordecai Brown Legacy Foundation.
Matthias Merges is the chef and proprietor of Folkart Restaurant Management, a craft-driven hospitality group focused on operational excellence, state of the art design and a deep-seated commitment to locally sourced ingredients. Founded in 2010, the conceptually diverse organization includes Hyde Park neighborhood eatery A10, award-winning cocktail bar Billy Sunday, West Loop bar & restaurant Gideon Sweet, Wrigleyville destinations Lucky Dorr and Mordecai, and craft brew house Old Irving Brewing. A longtime contributor to Chicago’s culinary and hospitality community, Merges is deeply passionate about giving back and leveraging the industry’s resources for philanthropy. He is the co-founder of Pilot Light, a locally-based charity that connects chefs and teachers, using food to support effective classroom teaching and learning.
A renowned beverage expert with a passion for rare and vintage spirits, Bachman began his career at Charlie Trotter’s iconic restaurant, working closely under Chef Matthias Merges. Their friendship led to Bachman’s role in Yusho and Billy Sunday, developing award-winning cocktail programs and elevating Billy Sunday to national acclaim. Bachman took on the role of Beverage Director for Folkart Restaurant Management, before leaving in 2015 to launch Sole Agent, a brokerage firm focused on rare and defunct spirits. As a valued member of the Folkart family, he joined the Mordecai team to shape the beverage program, from inventive cocktails to a world-class back bar selection.
A neighborhood fixture as the General Manager of sister property Lucky Dorr, Sam Lazar is deeply embedded in Wrigleyville’s food and beverage evolution. At the helm of Mordecai, he brings years of industry experience to the position. Lazar previously worked in managerial roles across the state, from running a highly trafficked suburban steakhouse to a role in River North where he cultivated relationships with small farmers, local distilleries and Midwest brewers. In his current function overseeing Mordecai and Lucky Dorr, Lazar shares his passion for excellent service, genuine hospitality and well-sourced products, particularly locally brewed beer and bourbon.