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Chef Incubator Decatur Bar and Pop-Up Factory Calls Its Quits This Week

The launch pad for new, up-and-coming chefs lasted only 10 months

A Thai BBQ pop-up with Eaker Barbecue at Decatur.

Restaurant incubator Decatur Bar & Popup Factory will close on Halloween, less than a year after opening in the former original Beaver’s space.

The Old Sixth Ward Historic District project from original Beaver’s partners Adam Brackman and chef Monica Pope set chefs up with three-month residencies, acting as a temporary testing ground for their inaugural restaurants. Staff has been notified, and some will be joining the team at sister spot Axelrad, the Houston beer garden Brackman co-owns. Others have been offered financial support to help transition to a new job.

Residencies during Decatur’s short-lived run have included prix-fixe Thai dinners from Chopped winner Evelyn Garcia and a “Taco Tuesday” pop-up from chef Victoria Elizondo, both of whom have secured permanent homes at Politan Row – Kin and Cochinita & Co., respectively.

Garcia and Elizondo will bid adieu with a special menu at Decatur on Tuesday, October 29. Closing week specials include drink discounts and live music.

Brackman will be marketing the property for lease soon.