Owner - Operator
An innovative veteran of Chicago’s restaurant scene, Proprietor Amy Morton looks to her current, critically acclaimed Evanston, IL concepts— Found Kitchen and Social House, serving local, flexitarian shared plates, and The Barn Steakhouse, the North Shore’s “premiere” steakhouse— to define a chef-driven, top-level approach to food and service. A life spent in the industry empowers her with an inherent sense for hospitality and design, which plays out across her restaurants in a way that welcomes guests and emulates a sense of belonging with dining rooms that feel more like homes than eateries. The magic continues beyond mindful cuisine and eclectic environments as Morton strives for positive impacts on the community from both human and environmental perspectives. This core principle drives her to hire entry-level staff from marginalized populations, specifically those coming out of homelessness, and offering “at-cost" event opportunities for nonprofits, while also committing to sustainable practices in the kitchen. Hospitality comes easily to Amy, who grew up in the industry working alongside her father, legendary restaurateur Arnie Morton of Morton’s Steakhouses. Morton learned every aspect of the business from top to bottom while garnering an old school hospitality outlook that informs her timeless ability to work a room like the attentive, beaming hosts of yester-year. Translating her traditional hospitality style into a modern perspective, Morton maintains her knack for connecting with and welcoming her guests throughout a career spanning nearly four decades.