Disappointed with the lack of whole-animal dining options in the DC area?
If so, mark your calendar for early December, when Urban Butcher opens in downtown Silver Spring, at 8226 Georgia Ave.
Urban Butcher will be a "nose-to-tail" restaurant offering an eclectic menu of local meats and a wide selection of wine. The restaurant will cure and age "cuts from heritage breeds of livestock chosen for the natural flavors they take from the land on which they freely graze," and will have a custom-designed, glass-enclosed curing cellar as well as an in-house butchering kitchen, according to a restaurant news release.
The restaurant, which is being designed by McAllister Architects, also will have a coffee bar, take-out butcher counter, communal table and garage-door-sized windows to give the place the feel of an open-air market.
"The extensive sharable menu of eclectic and honest fare will feature a significant selection of in-house cured and aged cuts of meat, as well as seafood, poultry, pig and game. Customers will also be able to purchase these same cuts from the in-house butcher shop ... [and] many of the proteins on the menu will come from local and sustainable sources," the news release added.
Chef and owner Raynold Mendizabal is a restaurant industry veteran, and it's been a lifelong dream of his to open a restaurant like Urban Butcher.
"I want to create a place where the community can come and enjoy great tasting, honest food expressing the natural flavors of the ingredients in a care-free and welcoming atmosphere surrounded by their neighbors, friends and like-minded strangers they just met."