Over the past week or so, two Houston restaurants and a coffee shop announced they're shutting their doors. Thankfully, customers have a little time to say goodbye to two of the businesses.
Fegen's, the contemporary American restaurant in The Heights, announced it had closed effective April 12. Chef-owner Lance Fegen released the following statement on behalf of his partners in the F.E.E.D. TX restaurant group:
“While it’s regrettable that the end of our tenure has come, it’s been an honor and a privilege to serve the Heights community and beyond for over fifteen years. We are grateful for each and every one of our patrons and will miss you all—we have memories to cherish for a lifetime.”
Opened in April 2021, Fegen's evolved out of Liberty Kitchen, the chef's lively, seafood-oriented comfort food restaurant. F.E.E.D. sold the other two locations of Liberty Kitchen to the Culinary Khancepts group (State Fare) in 2020, but opted to keep the restaurant's original Heights location and transform it into Fegen's. Its menu featured classic American fare mixed with Southern Italian-inspired pizzas. It is not clear at this time whether F.E.E.D. plans to repurpose the space with another concept.
Montrose coffee shop Southside Espresso will close after service this Saturday, April 16. Open since the fall of 2012, it has been a staple for well crafted espresso drinks made with locally roasted coffee from Fusion Beans.
In a post to social media, owner Sean Marshall writes that he's working on opening a coffee trailer at the Montrose Marketplace, a street market at the corner of Montrose and Westheimer. In the meantime, patrons are invited to a farewell party that will be held Saturday from 5-7 pm.
"Sadly, all our achievements did not help us enough to keep running any longer. We are grateful for all we got, but at this point with current food prices and not able to find reliable help we came to the decision and closing our League City location as well," the post reads.
Owner Eva Sek told the Chronicle that a lack of customers who knew Polish food contributed to the decision to close. The restaurant may continue to sell its frozen pierogis at the Henderson & Kane market.
Until the restaurant bids farewell, it will operate with extended hours of 12-8 pm Thursday and Friday and 12-4 pm Saturday.