Wild Beast, a pop-up restaurant, opens June 17 in conjunction with Matisse: Life in Color. Wild Beast is located in the Hops House building with a terrace overlooking the San Antonio River. The restaurant is serving a simple summer menu with counter service and is the inspiration of the owners of The Monterey.
For a short period (1905-1907) Matisse was part of Les Fauves (Wild Beasts), the name given by an art critic to a group of artists whose boldly colored, thickly textured work was shocking in comparison to earlier art. Matisse later said Fauvism meant construction by means of color.
"We were excited when the San Antonio Museum of Art asked us to create a temporary restaurant for the Matisse exhibition, mostly because we've always associated the spirit of The Monterey with 'Les Fauves,' a movement led by Matisse that emphasized spontaneity, wild brushstrokes, and bright, vivid colors," says Chad Carey of the Empty Stomach restaurant group, which owns The Monterey, Hot Joy, and Barbaro. " That's frighteningly-close to our, ahem, 'philosophy' at The Monterey: exuberant, exaggerated, and a little bit wild."
The pop-up restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Open for dinner Friday and Saturday, reservations only, prix fixe. Closed Mondays.