Feast was the first restaurant to make nose-to-tail dining a feature in Houston and one of the first restaurants to include the farms and other purveyors on the menu, so diners could see where their food was coming from.
Opening in 2008 in the heart of Lower Westheimer (before Lower Westheimer was really a thing), chef/owners Richard Knight and James and Meagan Silk wowed national critics like Frank Bruni and earned accolades from Bon Appetit, Travel + Leisure and the James Beard Foundation.
But after a five-year run, Feast revealed Friday via Twitter that the restaurant will be closing its doors in August.
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.— Feast Restaurant (@FeastHouston) November 30, 2012
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!Thanks for all of your support!— Feast Restaurant (@FeastHouston) November 30, 2012
It's hard to resist feeling sad at the announcement, but the silver lining is that there is still some time to enjoy Feast's signature British cuisine — or to try it for the first time if you've always been too scared of the offal. (There's plenty more than beef cheeks on the menu, but you should also really give beef cheeks a chance.)
Despite closing the cozy converted house on Lower Westheimer, hopefully Knight and the Silks have some new projects in mind for Houston.