Matthias Merges is opening Mordecai, a cocktail-focused restaurant, in the Hotel Zachary (3630 N. Clark St.).
The goal is to have the restaurant, across the street from Wrigley Field, ready to go in time for the Cubs’ home opener April 9.
The bilevel space will occupy 3,000 square feet in the hotel complex, with a seating capacity of about 100. The second floor will have a large outdoor patio overlooking The Park at Wrigley and its live-feed jumbo video screen.
“Our relationship (with the Cubs) has been really wonderful,” said Merges, whose Folkart Restaurant Management group already operates Lucky Dorr in The Park at Wrigley. “We’re really looking forward to bringing our cocktail experience to Wrigleyville.”