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The Butcher's Tale to open at former Butcher and the Boar location

The Butcher's Tale will feature a menu from Butcher and the Boar's original chef.
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A new restaurant offering smoked meats and bourbon is opening in the former Butcher and the Boar location in downtown Minneapolis this May.

The Butcher's Tale, Kaskaid Hospitality's (Crave, Brit's Pub) newest restaurant, will offer a "fresh approach" to the artisanal meats of the culinary world, including hand-crafted sausages and slow-fired long ribs, from chef Peter Botcher — the original head butcher at the Butcher and the Boar, a news release says.

“I am thrilled to be back home in what I consider ‘my OG kitchen’,” Botcher said in a statement. “We’ve put together a menu that improves on the traditional favorites I created — including sausages, smoked meats, ribs, and charcuterie. Guests will also see more offerings on the menu — more market-fresh seafood, sides and salads. It’s all here, and I couldn’t be more excited.”

Butcher and the Boar's former general manager Chad Waldon will be handling the front of house operations at The Butcher's Tale. 

“I’m happy to open The Butcher’s Tale and look forward to returning to this beautiful property and neighborhood and sharing our exciting new changes,” Waldon said in a statement. “Our team is back — all of whom have the energy and ideas to make this a must-eat dining experience. From specialty meats and steaks like Wagyu and prime steaks in our main dining room; to juicy burgers, crispy fried chicken, and handmade brats in our beer garden; we have every mood, taste, budget, and craving covered.”

Bourbon and brown spirits will anchor the cocktail menu, the release notes.

Butcher and the Boar closed for good last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Jester Concepts (P.S. Steak, Borough/Parlour, Constantine) announced in February it bought the rights to the name of the restaurant and plans to bring it back. It hasn't announced an opening date or location for the return of the restaurant. 

So to clarify: Kaskaid has bought The Butcher and the Boar's building, and with the help of its original head butcher – whose name is Botcher – will open a very similar restaurant called The Butcher's Tale. Jester Concepts bought The Butcher and the Boar's name, and will bring it back somewhere else in the city.

"We're excited to see another restaurant come to life in downtown Minneapolis," Jester owner Brent Frederick told the Star Tribune. "We wish them well."

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