Coming soon: Butcher Block
"Dear Dara" reports that The Butcher Block, a caterer by day, in-house butchery and chicken wing specialist by night, will open *today* in the old Fugaise location in Northeast Minneapolis. [EDIT: A Hot Dish reader informs us that the the launch date has been pushed back to June 26 -- that's next Friday -- and he's totally right. Blerg! Thanks, reader!]
Butcher Block is planned as a meat-heavy gastropub, or in [Chef Darin] Koch's words, trattoria, with nothing on the menu priced over $15, and will have a full bar as well as wine and liquor license. Their claim to fame will be their butcher, Filippo Caffari, a former Osteria I Nonni chef who will be hand crafting all sorts of old-school European delights like lamb prosciutto, pork guanciale, and coppa salami.
Sure, why not? Let us know if you stop by, Hot Dishers.
The Butcher Block
308 E. Hennepin Ave.