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Feast Restaurant in Decatur to close tomorrow night

www.feastatlanta.com

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Decatur’s Feast Restaurant will close after service tomorrow night. Owner Teri Rogers wrote this announcement on the restaurant’s website and Facebook page:

Hey Everybody!

I just wanted to let everybody know that I have decided to close the doors of Feast.

After seven years of business, it has come time to say good-bye. Most of you know that I am battling breast cancer for the second time. Although I am very positive that I will kick this disease again, it has been difficult for me to stay as focused on the business as I should be. For the first time in my life, I am going to put my health first.

In addition, our sales have suffered with this challenging economy. It has been a difficult year, not only [for] Feast, but for our customers as well. Although I have enjoyed seeing your friendly and supportive faces over the years, there just does not seem to be enough business to cover my expenses, much less make a profit. I appreciate the patronage that you have all given me. Most of you feel like family so this has been a very difficult decision. If it were not for all of you, I would not have been able to make it to seven years.

There are so many memories of fun and happy times with you all. Just seeing the contented looks on your faces when you are enjoying yourselves has made this project so rewarding. It makes me sad to think that this will be the end. And those that know me know how much I love to throw a good party, so, with luck, I will be starting a catering company and I can bring the best elements of Feast to future events for you. I will send you an updated email with all of the information.

Robin and I want to invite you all to come in this week to say goodbye; Saturday, our last night, we will be celebrating our great run in the wonderful town of Decatur with a toast to our fantastic employees. We and our staff are very sad to have such a remarkable chapter of our lives come to its end. We hope that all of you will continue to eat out often and support your local restaurants.

Peace & love,

Teri

The announcement on Facebook received 47 comments from employees and customers lamenting the news and offering good wishes for Rogers’ health.

Rogers also owned Rail Kitchen & Bar (originally called Farmstead 303), which she closed last August citing the challenges of running two restaurants simultaneously in the current economy.

Rogers has many years of experience in the industry, working with the Peasant Group (early 80’s), Neighbor’s Pub, Dark Horse Tavern and Crescent Moon.

We wish her the best.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

29 comments Add your comment

Baltisraul

February 24th, 2012
7:32 am

Teri………good luck in your next challenge.God bless you.

Kat

February 24th, 2012
7:37 am

I am reminded of the article regarding Outwrite Bookstore’s call for volunteers and increased patronage. I would love it if we knew if a restaurant was severely ailing so that we could step up our patronage of those places.

Having said that, this situation sounds like a combination of the economy and (more importantly) her health. I wish you all the best, Teri!

Dave

February 24th, 2012
7:42 am

I wish her the best for her recovery. However, blaming the economy for the failing of a restaurant is just denying the facts. Many other restaurants are not only surviving, but booming.

In this economy people don’t eat out as often, so they save those times for the best restaurants – clearly this was not one of them.

Kevin

February 24th, 2012
7:45 am

Teri, I’m sorry to hear about this. I used to work in the Decatur area 4 years ago and would come in for lunch. I used to love your cedar plank salmon – it was always the best! I wish you the very best with your health!

Wentworth

February 24th, 2012
8:03 am

We all wish you the Best..Blessings…Teri I had to close some yrs Back…Thank for putting YOU…first…… your health!

MGD

February 24th, 2012
8:35 am

You can always sell the established business. Since this is not an option, obviously there is another reason for closing, that she is not disclosing. All the best, though.

Atl Foodie

February 24th, 2012
8:41 am

Now is not the time for you armchair entrepreneurs to be second guessing decisions. It’s not helpful and can be hurtful. I really like Feast and kept saying we need to go back. We aren’t eating out as much, but if I’d known Feast was suffering, I would have made a point to give them my business. However, Teri, your health comes first. Good luck and God bless.

John

February 24th, 2012
8:54 am

Dave- thanks for taking time off from your economist position at the local business think tank to comment on this. Your sincere wish for her recovery overshadowed your “keen” insight into the local restaurant market. I am sure your data sample included all one of your friends. I don’t know Teri- but nice job throwing dirt on her restaurant that she closed for several reason most inportantly to focus on recovery from Cancer! I am sure your post at 7:42 AM on a Friday morning was very imoportant. Have a great weekend.

Dr. Andy Vantreese

February 24th, 2012
9:31 am

We are so grateful for Teri helping out our Kiwanis club and opening her restaurant for lunch for us. Feast will be missed but I hope and pray for a speedy recovery for Teri’s health.

Dave

February 24th, 2012
9:46 am

John – Get over yourself. I was merely stating a fact (as MGD did also). She should put herself first, but claiming the economy did in the restaurant is pure B.S. As MGD mentioned, if the restaurant was appreciated as a good restaurant, she could have sold it. But it failed – meaning the food/service/ambiance failed as well. A good restaurant can sustain the owner/operator taking substantial time off. Clearly, factors other than the economy doomed this restaurant.

Nice of you to get catty and cause more attention to this matter. I was just being sincere and honest – you wanted to self-grandize. Enjoy the rest of your day at Walmart.

Another D-Bag

February 24th, 2012
10:16 am

You obviously couldn’t run a restaurant properly and thusly, FAILED!!

Oh, and warmest, heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery.

Hugs and kisses from another unfeeling clod.

kmb

February 24th, 2012
10:19 am

Feast will be missed. It was both an asset for Decatur and Agnes Scott.
Breast cancer is a bummer.
Best wishes for Teri.

Piling on...

February 24th, 2012
11:12 am

Dave – My mom always said “If you can’t something nice….”

cliff grant

February 24th, 2012
11:38 am

I ate at Feast often and found the food and service to be excellent. Besides that, Teri was a good corporate citizen. Decatur is going to miss her!

John Kessler

February 24th, 2012
11:41 am

So sorry to hear about this turn of events. Feast has always been one of those neighborhood places that makes a neighborhood. Here’s to what Teri will come up with next.

Slothtosser

February 24th, 2012
11:48 am

John – you raise an interesting topic. What other neighborhood places make a neighborhood? I’ll throw Pastries a Go Go out as my choice in Decatur.

Rhonda

February 24th, 2012
12:18 pm

Been there once – didn’t have a need to go back again, the food was nothing special for those prices.

Edward

February 24th, 2012
12:26 pm

I will surely miss Feast. I have had many wonderful meals there, it was a true asset to the community and to metro Atlanta. Feast was always a “sure thing”, I could count on it being a consistently great meal. I wish the owner the best, she always had a smile and it was obvious that she and her staff had the customer’s best wishes at heart.

sansho1

February 24th, 2012
12:33 pm

Feast was a great neighborhood restaurant — the menu was extensive without going overboard, the food was reliably tasty with nice touches of refinement here and there, the service was unpretentious, and the space was equal parts cool and inviting. You could bring any group there, and everyone would find something to like. I willingly paid the couple of extra dollars in the knowledge that my experience would be a good one. It was right up there with the (also late, lamented) Patio in Inman Park for great neighborhood joints. Best of luck to Teri in her battle against cancer, and to whomever makes a go of it next in that great little space.

Edward

February 24th, 2012
1:23 pm

People like Dave claim to be “stating a fact”, however they do not possess all the facts necessary to make their lofty proclamations. But the fact (pun intended) that they still proffer their nasty opinion as a fact serves to demonstrate their complete lack of class and their enormous self-aggrandizement.

John

February 24th, 2012
3:07 pm

Wow, Dave way to stand up to your convictions, by bringing MGD into your camp and thanks for calling me “catty”. Have not been called that one for………I guess never, who uses that word?
Anyways, since you have failed to do any research before spouting your opinions, I have done a little of my own;
September 21, 2011

Just as the U.S. economy stalled in the second quarter of the year, so did restaurant industry traffic, according to The NPD Group, a market research company. NPD’s foodservice market research shows that visits to U.S. restaurants slipped by 0.4% in the second quarter (April, May, June) compared to same time year ago bringing the industry recovery that began in the third quarter of 2010 to a halt. Consumers spent 1.5% more at restaurants in spring 2011 than they did in spring 2010. Unlike the three prior quarters, the increase traced solely to higher checks, as traffic contracted slightly
The consumer demand in the prior three quarters wasn’t strong enough to overcome another bump in unemployment, rising gas and commodity prices, and low consumer confidence,” said Bonnie Riggs, Restaurant Industry Analyst, The NPD Group
See Dave, restaurant margins even in good economic times are not great. They are in the business because they love it and even slight changes to the economy can affect profitability. Now with that data combined with heavy comp. it is not surprising that many restaurants close or try something else, but is cleary not a BS excuse. If you at least cited your personal experiences there, I would give you some credit, but you chose a different route. A less sensical one.

You said I was self grandizing- Well I could make the argument that you are in fact Self Aggrandizing.

Now, I have to get back to aisle 5 at Wall-Mart, they just lowered the price on Tide.

RK

February 24th, 2012
3:57 pm

Atlanta has neighborhoods?

Native Atlantan

February 24th, 2012
5:25 pm

Feast was one of my favorite “date night” restaurants and we would dine there every 6 weeks or so. Always delicious, great service and the space was very warm and inviting. Will miss Feast for sure and wish Teri all the best.

Chris

February 24th, 2012
6:41 pm

Best wishes, Teri! Your restaurant had a beautiful atmosphere and I enjoyed many fine meals there. Please don’t listen to the sad comments of people who obviously have nothing positive in their lives, like Dave.

Foodie

February 24th, 2012
10:53 pm

Why is this about anyone but the owner and her employees? Monday morning quarterbacks need to give it a damn rest and get over themselves.

Fred ™

February 24th, 2012
11:09 pm

What a damn shame. My wife and I always “meant” to go there but never did. She went a couple times for work and told me how wonderful it is (was). We’ll see if maybe we can make it tomorrow.

Good luck to you Terri and I’m sorry I missed your place. I heard such wonderful things about it.

Daisy

February 25th, 2012
12:09 am

My brother built his first race car there long before it was Feast.

tameshaj

February 25th, 2012
1:53 am

terri, get well I used to wk at the bank you used and we can to FEAST it was really a romantic place..take care urself

Katy

February 25th, 2012
8:17 am

Hey Dave, go back to Alpharetta and enjoy your dinner at Applebee’s and stop dissing things you know nothing about. Feast was excellent, not that you would know having obviously never been there.