Feast On This
Feast OIB, once just a catering business, now has a full-service restaurant serving burgers, sandwiches, entrees and more.
When business partners Doug Mace and Eric Stanek first opened their catering business, Feast OIB, in March of 2021, their business model was unique to this shore town and others nearby. They’d freshly prepare great take-and-bake meals for two to 20 people or more, and all you’d have to do is go pick it up and pop it in the oven.
No muss, no fuss, no prep and very little clean up. It was a great idea for a beach community of more than 20,000 in season, when most are renters in homes that can accommodate 10, 20 or more. Who wants to come home from a summer’s day at the beach and begin cooking for a crowd like that?
Doug and Eric’s delicatessen even made sandwiches for take-out (the Chicken Parm was to die for). Their business was in one half of a building that used to be known as Victoria’s Crab Shack. Popular for many years with the locals, Victoria’s closed down when COVID hit.
For a while the unused half of the building sat vacant, until Doug and Eric had an idea.
The lads launched another aspect of Feast OIB, a full-service bar and grill, in that once-vacant spot in October, and if my burger and fries were any indication, “vacant” is not a word that will be associated with the space much longer.
I had heard that the boys were planning to open on October 11, so I decided to have lunch on my way home. I swung the big HD Electra Glide Ultra Classic into the Feast parking lot, went in and sat down at the corner of the bar. Doug was already in there working (as usual).
He said that this night would be the unofficial opening. Many local folks had promised to stop in to give the place a shakedown cruise and wish the owners luck on their newest venture.
But, as the place was empty and just opened, yours truly was officially dubbed the “First Customer,” and the distinction came with significant rewards. I was given $1,000, free gas for my Harley for a year, free beer, free food and an all-expenses-paid cruise for two to Greece and Italy.
Just kidding, of course.
But I’m not kidding about how delicious my BYOB (Build Your Own Burger) burger was, which was a real reward — perfectly done, juicy and medium rare and laden with secret spices. If you’re a burgermeister, your brains will fall out. Doug encourages you “to eat it like you’re home with nobody watching.” I did. (Hint: Ask for extra napkins.)
That I was able to wash it down with a few SweetWater Extra Pale Ales made it even better, especially when served by my long lost “neighbor” Brittany.
Seems her dad and I hail from the same legendary New Jersey town — good old Perth Amboy, so we chatted quite a bit. As friendly as she was pretty, she’s a solid asset behind Feast’s bar, and if you want to see her face light up, ask her about Kerrigan Shea.
The venerable Victoria’s Crab Shack is no more. But in its place stands a business that’s a testimony to the hard work and dedication of two young men who had a dream.
That it came to fruition in OIB is to the benefit of everyone in proximity to the OIB circle. And if you have the moxie, go in, mention my name and ask what the prizes are for being the second, third or fourth customer. Then run like hell.
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125 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach