Openings: The Butcher Shop sets opening date in West Palm Beach


Opening day is nearing for The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill in downtown West Palm Beach. The restaurant, a sibling of the original Butcher Shop in Miami’s hot Wynwood district, is set to open Friday, March 24, according to a restaurant publicist.

The concept is as modern as it is unique, a mash-up of retail and full-service dining. Father and son restaurateurs Igor and Fred Niznik took inspiration from the family’s old-school butcher shop in Palm Beach Gardens, the neighborhood favorite Charlie’s Gourmet Meat Market. Building upon the retail component, the owners added a German-style beer garden and a restaurant. 

They debuted that hybrid concept four years ago in Wynwood. In West Palm Beach, their market/eatery/pub will inhabit a building constructed in the early 1900s. But while the structure may be historic, the décor and menu are all modern. Well, modern in that it combines current industry touches (the local craft beer, the communal tables) with a retro vibe. 

The menu is rooted in quality meats (free of hormones and antibiotics) – from custom-cut steaks to sausages to burgers and chicken – as well as in Igor Niznik’s Eastern European roots. Appetizers include warm German pretzels with cheddar béchamel dipping sauce and pan-seared, cheese-stuffed pierogis. Steaks include skirt steak with chimichurri sauce. And the dessert menu features a German apple strudel with caramel glaze and ice cream. 

As for the beer, local brews include beers by Palm Beach County’s Twisted Trunk and Saltwater breweries as well as Miami’s Wynwood Brewing. Beer lovers can pour their own brews from self-serve, three-liter beer towers. 

The West Palm menus are not strict replicas of Wynwood’s offerings. They will be tailored to “the different tastes of our new neighborhood,” Fred Niznik, the son, said in a news release. 

The West Palm location is tucked into a rather sleepy area six blocks north of Clematis Street, but that may prove to be part of the draw for those seeking to avoid the heart of the dining district and its bustle. 

Said Fred Niznik: “We want people to be able to come in off the island and enjoy a sophisticated meal in relaxed attire without spending a fortune.” 

The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill: 209 6th St., West Palm Beach 


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Food

Fundraiser: This dinner will make you feel very happy
Fundraiser: This dinner will make you feel very happy

How about you go out for a great dinner and help others in need? Two local businesses have joined forces to help young adults transition into independence while serving a multi-course dinner with wine and cocktail pairings. It’s called “Supper with Celis.” Celis Produce has partnered up with Cholo Soy to make it happen....
Best sushi in America: 2 spots in South Florida make the list
Best sushi in America: 2 spots in South Florida make the list

Once upon a time, sushi was hard to find. Now, you can find it everywhere — even your local grocery store. That fact makes looking for good, quality, almost too-beautiful-to-eat sushi really, really hard. You know the kind that you can't stand to finish because you don't want the goodness to end? And with so many options to choose from, and honestly...
Tapping soon: West Palm Brewery and Wine Vault’s upmarket dreams 
Tapping soon: West Palm Brewery and Wine Vault’s upmarket dreams 

The big, snazzy sign outside the upcoming West Palm Brewery and Wine Vault may be brand new, but its vintage lettering gives the place an instantly iconic flair. Inside, as the staff puts the finishing touches on what will be an upscale brew pub, brew master Joel Kodner monitors the six fermentation tanks that nurture the brewery’s first...
These holiday easy cookie recipes will impress your friends
These holiday easy cookie recipes will impress your friends

Even if you bake only for special occasions, this is the time of year you're most likely to preheat the oven and stir up some doughs. The latest editions to our 13th annual holiday cookie collection are more accessible than ever. By way of introduction, in alphabetical order, they are: Makes 36 to 40 cookies These buttery-tasting, crispy-crunchy cookies...
Shaking up what we think we know about salt
Shaking up what we think we know about salt

Salt has gotten so complicated. Used to be, the worst you’d hear about it was poor Lot’s wife being turned into a pillar of the stuff. But now, every time we contemplate lifting the shaker to douse our eggs, each time we glance at a food label or eat a pickle, we feel guilt pangs, hearing echoes of “too much sodium causes (insert...
More Stories