Transitions and Tombstones: Feast, Mac's, a Couple of Roosters and a Royal Thai

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You know that as fast as new restaurants are opening in Nashville, there has to be at least some collateral damage. Just in the past few months, several old favorite establishments have announced either major changes or closings and here are some more.

Lesley first introduced you to Feast last year, but the restaurant just never really hit its stride as a replacement for Germantown East after the shocking death of that restaurant's chef/co-owner Jay Luther. Feast owner Manny Hatz valiantly stepped in to attempt to provide a neighborhood dining experience for the residents of the Fifth & Main condominium building, but after several tweaks to the menu and dining room concept, he has finally decided to completely rejigger his operation. After initially announcing Feast's closure on Facebook, Hatz amended his stance due to customer demand so Fifth and Main residents still have a place to hang out while the concept reboots. According to the official statement:

We’ve listened to your feedback, and we’re cooking up something new. Thank you for your patronage. You’ll be among the first to know what’s next.

While Feast will ultimately reopen as a new concept, building residents and neighbors requested that the restaurant remain open in the interim. To accommodate those requests, we are open Tuesday — Saturday, 3 p.m. to close (between 9-10 p.m.) with a full bar and extremely limited menu. This will continue indefinitely until we are ready to make the next move on this journey. We’re thankful to our loyal guests.

Best of luck to the Feast team and we're anxious to see what's next.

Not so lucky were the nice folks behind Mac's Restaurant on Eighth Avenue across from Flyte. I really enjoyed meeting the young folks who were trying to make a go of the former location of 24/7 Fish and Grits, and I hoped that their meat pies might be a unique enough of a specialty to help them get a toe hold. But alas, it was not meant to be and the building is currently available for lease.

Apparently, it's not a good time to be a rooster in the restaurant biz as both Red Rooster on Music Row and Rooster's Texas-style BBQ and Steakhouse have fought their final cockfights and headed to the great coop in the sky over the past couple of months. What do all of these restaurants have in common? I wrote their First Bite. Sorry about that. I hope I don't get barred from Blue Moon Waterfront Grille because I really liked that place when I visited last weekend.

I had nothing to do with the demise of Royal Thai in Cool Springs, though. In fact, y'all named it one of the top Thai restaurants in town just a couple of years ago, so I'm not exactly sure what happened there. I just saw a notice that they were liquidating all their equipment, so that's usually not a good sign.

Until next time, I promise not to cut my meat with a sickle the next time I go to 12South Bistro. I did notice they had one of those wacky inflatable waving men in an attempt to draw in customers when I drove by last week, so be careful if you walk by.

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