Great news for top-notch meat and bourbon enthusiasts: Butcher & the Boar is coming back. The popular downtown restaurant had closed last year amid the economic challenges of the pandemic.
The revival is coming courtesy of Jester Concepts (P.S. Steak, Borough, Parlour), who purchased the brand, concept, and menus from previous owner Doug Van Winkle. However, the old Butcher location on Hennepin was not available—Kaskaid Hospitality’s Kam Talebi, the head of Crave and owner of Brit’s Pub, reportedly has leased the space.
So the next chapter for the restaurant will come in a new location. (This deal does not affect the South Carolina-based Butcher & the Boar.) Jester Concepts owner Brent Frederick tells Minnesota Monthly he has not looked at any potential new spaces yet.
“Our community has lost so many amazing restaurants this past year,” says Frederick in a press release. “Butcher & the Boar was one that left a legacy behind, and we’re thrilled to be the group to bring this iconic restaurant back to life. We will do our best to recreate the feel that made Butcher & the Boar one of the most inviting restaurants in Minneapolis with the same look that guests remember.”
Chef Mike DeCamp’s goal is to show loyalty to Butcher & the Boar opening chef Jack Riebel’s original menu, and add a few surprises. The plans include “smoked beef long rib, wood-grilled oysters, signature sausages as well as many other favorites.” Bar director Jeff Rogers plans to bring back the restaurant’s barrel program as part of his beverage plans.
As Butcher & the Boar 2.0 takes shape, Jester Concepts leadership has stated a commitment to interviewing former staff for positions in the new location.
For more info, check out the Butcher & the Boar’s new website: butcherandtheboarmpls.com