Butcher Bar, the new restaurant from the Anni Restaurant Family — which also includes Mercato, Varga Bar, and Valanni — opens this Friday, September 2, at 2034 Chestnut Street. So what does that mean for you, the carnivore? Everything.
The bi-level space's interior decoration is old-school butcher shop-inspired, so you'll find meat hooks along the ceiling, hanging scales, walls of decorative and vintage cleavers, signs that say "Now Serving" and others that say "Meat, Drink, and be Merry". The subway tiled bar will be whiskey-heavy with a 16 tap draft system with rotating crafts and six wines.
Chefs Evan Turney and John Strain collaborated on Butcher Bar's menu (below), and while a handful of snacks and salads are meat free, the rest of the menu is as meaty as they come.
Entire sections are dedicated to Turney and Strain's house-made sausages, "mother approved" meatballs, and fire-grilled items like game hens, bone-in ribeyes, and wild boar ribs. But the real attraction is at the very bottom of the menu: "The Trough", a $250 monster dinner of rotisserie chicken, sausages, grilled skirt steak, rack of ribs, kabobs, house-smoked bacon, bone-in short ribs, hand-cut fries, and grilled pita.
Kitchen hours will go from 4 p.m. to midnight, daily, and the bar goes till 2 a.m.