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Butcher & the Boar will make a comeback with new ownership

Local hospitality company Jester Concepts has bought the brand. The new location is still being determined.

After succumbing to the pandemic, Butcher & the Boar has been revived by new ownership. 

Twin Cities hospitality company Jester Concepts – which owns acclaimed restaurants including P.S. Steak, Monello, Constantine, and Borough/Parlour – announced Friday it has bought the brand, though no reopening date has been set as it is still seeking a location.  

Formerly located on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, Butcher & the Boar opened in 2012 to rave reviews, earning a James Beard nomination in its first year. It quickly became a go-to spot for specialty meat dishes and whiskey. 

In 2019, the company opened a second restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina. That restaurant will remain under the ownership of Doug Van Winkle, the sole original founder still involved with the brand. 

Van Winkle closed the restaurant in September 2020, citing the pandemic, "social unrest and crime" and the high operating cost that comes with a downtown restaurant. 

It eventually caught up, but it had been on the state's sales tax delinquency list for months before the pandemic began, food critic Jason De Rusha noted at the time. 

Jester Concepts says it will invite former staff for job interviews and will honor outstanding event deposits and gift cards. 

“Our community has lost so many amazing restaurants this past year,” Jester Concepts owner Brent Frederick said 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.”

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