Another Hyde Park mainstay has closed its doors. Family-owned breakfast and fried chicken eatery Hyde Park Hitching Post announced on their Facebook page on Dec. 30 that after 33 years, they have closed.
"Dear Patrons," the post begins, "It is with deep regret that we have closed our doors after 33 years of serving our loyal and faithful customers. Thank you for the many years of business, support, and loyalty. With gratitude, Frank & Peg."
The restaurant, located at 2715 Madison Road, was one of the original Hitching Post franchises and was owned by brother and sister business partners who took over ownership in 1986 and continued to use the recipes from the original franchise.
The Hyde Park Hitching Post served "The World’s Best Fried Chicken and Outstanding Breakfast," and in addition to those popular items, they also offered a variety of home-style dinners like Aunt Ruth's Homemade Meatloaf and country fried steak, plus burgers, sandwiches and pies.
The post was flooded by patrons who reminisced on their favorite dishes and offered kind words and gratitude.