The New Albany location before opening day. | Photo by Steve Coomes

Over the weekend, Feast BBQ owner Ryan Rogers announced “with clear eyes, but a heavy heart” that the fast-casual restaurant’s only Southern Indiana location is closing.

The final day of operation will be Wednesday, March 28, Rogers stated in a lengthy Facebook post. The restaurant will be serving $2 beers on Tuesday and $1 beers on Wednesday while supplies last.

“Feast BBQ outgrew our space in New Albany the day we opened the doors to 300+ people there on July 4th, 2012. We have been faced with the challenge of operating a restaurant in too small of a space, with nowhere to expand, ever since,” Rogers said.

“I am appreciative of the overwhelming support we have received over the past 5 and a half years from the community as well as from our employees present and past,” he continued. “I look forward to putting the building in the hands of someone who will continue to steward the historic property for years to come.”

When asked if he plans to reopen the Feast BBQ in a new Southern Indiana location, Rogers told Insider Louisville in an email that he did not have any comments on that at this time.

In the meantime, Rogers is busy running his restaurant company HiCotton Hospitality — which includes Royals Hot Chicken in NuLu, Bar Vetti on South Fourth Street and Feast BBQ’s NuLu location — as well as working to open a new Feast BBQ in downtown Jeffersontown that is expect to open this summer.

At its three remaining restaurants, HiCotton Hospitality employs more than 120 people, Rogers noted in the Facebook post.

“We will continue to support our mission of supporting our staff members by covering the costs of shift meals, we pay a starting wage above minimum wage, offer employee discounts to our other restaurants, and help to cover the costs of health care for our full-time employees,” Rogers wrote. “All of the employees in New Albany have been offered jobs at our other restaurants.”

Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]


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