The owners of a critically acclaimed Southtown restaurant shocked San Antonians on December 5 after revealing plans to close the famed spot. Feast will stage its last service on December 31, according to an employee.
The news was first announced via a Facebook post attributed to owners Andrew Goodman and Stefan Bowers. Although the statement did not delve into the reason for the closure, it did share that the team would ride out the lease through 2020 with pop-ups, concept tests, and barbecue parties.
When Feast opened at 1024 S. Alamo St. in September 2011, it was unlike anything San Antonio diners had seen before. The gallery white interior was filled with poppy contemporary touches like transparent molded Ghost chairs, glass bubble fixtures, and bold abstract art. Colored lighting bathed the dining room in the evening, giving the place the ambiance and energy of a Las Vegas club.
The food was just as bold. Debuting with small plates in 2011, Feast frequently changed its menu, which was divided into descriptive columns like “hearty” and “chilled” instead of listing the offerings by course. Over the years, the restaurant explored international cuisine, serving everything from burgers to massaman curry lettuce wraps.
Of course, the atmosphere also lent itself to drinking. Feast curated its cocktail menu with the same level of care as its wine list. The restaurant never lost sight of the belief that dining should be fun.
Though Feast is winding down, Bowers and Goodman still have plenty to keep them busy. Italian favorite Battalion, playful pizzeria Playland, and the pair of concepts in the St. Anthony hotel — Rebelle and Haunt — all remain open. The restaurateurs will also be opening downtown events space Below at Maverick by the end of the year.