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.”