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 Amy Morton

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Restaurateur Amy Morton returned to open Found after taking a 10-year hiatus to raise a family. Morton, daughter of Chicago restaurant legend Arnie Morton, has over 25 years experience in the industry.  She is best known for Mirador, her “chic bistro” (Food and Wine), her late-night lounge the Blue Room, and her uncanny sense of working a room. 

Her resume includes over a decade of working side by side with her father. Morton's natural ability connect with guests was paralleled only by her father's.  She learned the business from the ground up, working nearly every position from a server at Morton's Steak House to Director of Recruitment and Training a position, during which she oversaw the hiring and training of all management and front of house employees for Arnie’s Restaurant, Morton’s Market Place, Arnie’s North and First Street Pier.  She spent several years keenly focused on the Private Dining venues within the group, and was responsible for increasing sales dramatically during this time.   

Amy opened her first restaurant, The Café, with her brother Michael Morton (of Nine Steakhouse and La Cave) in 1988 in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. She went on to open her best-known endeavors, Mirador and The Blue Room, in the Old Town neighborhood soon after in 1989. After selling Mirador, Morton founded Morton-Van Housen Consulting (MVC) in 1995.  The firm focused on developing restaurant concepts and imaging with a strong focus on marketing and public relations, an area Morton gravitates to with ease.  Clients included Suzy Crofton's restaurant Crofton’s on Wells, John and Greg Hall's namesake operation Goose Island Brew Pub, and several of Fred and Mark Hoffman’s venues. Morton also worked with restaurateur Gordon Sinclair and her brother Peter Morton in London.

Her last stint prior to starting her family was as Director of Operations for the KDK restaurants Marche, Vivo, RedLight and Gioco, a post she held until 2000. Morton oversaw all day-to-day operations of the group, both front and back of house, and was a key player in the concept development and opening of Gioco. At Found, Morton oversees all day-to-day operations in the restaurant. Her personal mission is to make a difference in her community and to leave the planet a place that the next generation can not only flourish in, but also be proud of. She is a long-time board member of Connections for the Homeless, an Evanston-based nonprofit which she works with to fill positions at Found. Morton resides in Evanston with her husband Neal and their three daughters, Ruby, Abra, and Taluhla.

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