Feast, Acclaimed Nose-to-Tail Restaurant, Closing in 9 Months

The sun is setting on Feast.
The sun is setting on Feast.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt

In the next nine months, you can do one of two things: (1) gestate a human being inside your womb (requirement: possessing female anatomy) or (2) eat at Feast one last time before the restaurant closes for good.

In a Twitter update this afternoon, Meagan Silk -- wife of chef James Silk, who owns the restaurant along with their partner Richard Knight -- announced that Feast would be closing after four years in business in the old Chez Georges space on Lower Westheimer.

"We have an announcement! It has been a hard decision to make but our lease is up in August and we've reluctantly decided to not renew it."

Don't leave us yet, fish and scallop pie! We hardly knew ye!
Don't leave us yet, fish and scallop pie! We hardly knew ye!
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt

Even as far back as 2010, business wasn't great for the nose-to-tail restaurant -- despite acclaim from former Houston Press food critic Robb Walsh (who called it "bloody brilliant" in his 2008 review), Houston Chronicle food critic Alison Cook and even the likes of Frank Bruni and Pete Wells at the New York Times. Silk admitted on the restaurant's Twitter feed two years ago: "We have been critically loved but we still don't have the sales here in Houston. We still have 3 table nights."

The statement prompted a blog post and call-to-arms, "Five Reasons Houston Is Letting The Best Restaurant In Town Die," which listed many of the erroneous ideas that many Houston diners had about Feast: that it only served offal, for example, or that parking was too much of a hassle.

Feast's owners even attempted to open a second location in New Orleans in hopes of finding a more receptive audience for their fare. That location closed in 2011 after only one year in business.

No word on what's next for Knight or the Silks, but diners in love with the team's homespun British food, interesting spins on Gulf seafood and unique repurposing of offal no doubt hope that the trio remains in Houston. And even the bad news comes with the silver lining that Feast won't close overnight and disappear into the ether.

"So the bad news is we're closing in 9 months but the good news is you have 9 months to come eat at Feast!" wrote Silk. "Thanks for all of your support!"

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