BUCKTOWN — Feast is closing on New Year's Eve after two decades in Bucktown, its owner Debbie Sharpe said on Friday.
Located at 1616 N. Damen Ave., the eatery will offer a "favorites" menu until it closes for good on Dec. 31.
Changes in the neighborhood and the new landlord's plans for redevelopment led to the move, Sharpe said.
Sharpe, who also runs The Goddess and Grocer and The Goddess Rocks, plans to focus on those businesses and "other ventures in the works," a spokeswoman said on Friday.
Katie Schultz, a server and assistant manager of Feast since August of last year, said most of her 25 coworkers have been there for years.
"Everyone is broken hearted," Schultz said Friday. "I've never worked at a place like this. We are very hopeful we will find something good. It's a family-like environment both with clients and staff and the owner Debbie is looking out for all of us and trying to help those coming to her who will need new jobs."
Feast has been on Damen for roughly 15 years after initially opening on North Avenue. The current building, which spans 1616 to 1620 N. Damen Ave. was sold in July 2015 and the new landlord wanted to take over the dining room and the outdoor patio, Schultz said.
The Feast favorites menu will include:
- Lamb shank ragout (pappardelle, pesto, shaved pecorino)
- Salmon (buttermilk corn cakes, chipotle bbq sauce, avocado salsa)
- Stuffed chicken breast (potato gnocchi, spinach, cherry tomatoes, lemon beurre blanc)
- Pork chop (maple glaze, mashed sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, shallots, bacon, apple cider-mustard pan sauce)
- Butternut squash ravioli (brown butter, crispy sage leaves, toasted walnuts, goat cheese and balsamic reduction
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