Posted by Foobooz on February 15th, 2013
Strangelove’s, the beer bar from Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft that will be taking over the former location of the Butcher & the Brewer has replaced that bar’s barn door front with something a bit more conventional. Construction continues towards an anticipated mid-March opening.
Strangelove’s is the fourth bar by the couple (Memphis Taproom, Local 44 and Resurrection Ale House are the others) and will feature two floors, 18 beers on tap plus two beer engines.
Strangelove’s [Official Site]
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Posted by Foobooz on November 15th, 2012
The Butcher and The Brewer will be closing after business on Saturday, November 17th. The successor to the Boilermaker was only open since October 28th. The Boilermaker had replaced the Blue Bear Tavern in March of this year.
A press release from the company says a “recent and unforseen sale of the building” is the reason for the The Butcher and The Brewer’s closure. Staff will reportedly be “absorbed into other ventures” which includes Farmers’ Cabinet.
This is far from the first bit of drama from the Farmers’ Cabinet crew. Shortly after Farmers’ Cabinet opened Matt Swartz and company suddenly closed Fork and Barrel in East Falls as well Tap and Table in Emmaus. Farmers’ Cabinet has seen more of its share of front and back of the house shakeups, not to mention its Virginia brewery.
The press release hints that the concept may pop up somewhere else but you never know.
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Posted by Jason Sheehan on September 28th, 2012
Oh, Boilermaker, we hardly knew ye… And tonight, that doomed concept (which replaced a different doomed concept, the Blue Bear Tavern), will be washed from our collective memory with the opening of The Butcher & The Brewer–another project from the Farmers’ Cabinet team, which should tell you all you need to know about our confidence level in this new iteration.
But still, we should be hoping for the best, right? So here’s what to expect from the cocktail lounge, beer bar and meatery being run by Jennifer Choplin (ex of Watkins Drinkery) in the kitchen and star barman Jeremy Osslund on the floor.
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Posted by Foobooz on September 7th, 2012
Late last night Michael Klein reported that the Grainery Restaurant Group’s (Farmers’ Cabinet, Cabinet Artisanal Brewhouse) The Boilermaker would be closing to reconceptualize as The Butcher and The Brewer. The new concept will focus on meat and charcuterie as well as the 40 taps it currently offers.
In the kitchen, Jennifer Choplin will be in charge. Choplin is coming over from Watkins Drinkery where she was responsible for the menu that managed to straddle game and vegan options.
This is just the latest note in the saga that involves Matt and Colleen Swartz’s string of restaurants. Just over a week ago it was announced Jennifer Zavala was joining the restaurant group and this week, Eater speculated that Zavala might be running a Matt Swartz owned bed and breakfast in Bucks County.
The last day for The Boilermaker will be this Monday. A reopening date has not been announced.
Exit, Boilermaker [The Insider]
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