Chef Mergen is a born and raised Madisonian. Nathan worked for years in kitchens around town before moving to New York City in 2004. He attended the French Culinary Institute, (now the International Culinary Center) in Manhattan, then opened two restaurants with Saks 5th Avenue. Later he went to work with Lidia & Joe Bastianich at Becco in the heart of the theater district, then opened the first Eataly in the United States on 23rd Street and 5th Avenue, a 40,000 square foot homage to Italian cuisine. Chef Mergen previously worked at The Edgewater Hotel and The Hilton at Monona Terrace and he is happy to have his own space in the town that he loves.