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After 20 Years, Feast Announces They Are Closing

December 10, 2016- In November, Wicker Park's Trenchermen announced they were closing their doors. And now, after a 20 year run in Wicker Park, Feast is following suit. Debbie Sharpe (who also owns Goddess & Grocer) will officially close up shop at Feast on December 31, 2016 marking the end of an era in the neighborhood. One of Wicker Park's restaurateur pioneers, Sharpe introduced higher quality dining to the neighborhood when choices of restaurants were far more limited decades ago.

The combination of changes in the neighborhood and the recent sale of the building that houses Feast are considerations forcing the closing. Sharpe told Eater Chicago that the change in the neighborhood from single artsy people to more families may have had an impact on business. Busy families tend to eat out less frequently. In addition, with introduction of so many new restaurants continuously, the neighborhood has become very competitive for the restaurant industry. People want to try new things. The final determining factor, however, was the recent sale of the the building at 1616 N. Damen Avenue. The building was sold in July 2015 and the new owners want to redevelop knowing they can demand more in rent than Sharpe is paying. 

Sharpe will focus her efforts on her more casual spot, Goddess and Grocer, almost directly across the street at 1649 N. Damen Avenue. And in their final weeks, Feast will offer a menu of favorites until they close on December 31, 2016.

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