Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Urban Butcher Opening Next Week

Carnivores rejoice; the day is near. Urban Butcher's official opening date is Thursday, December 12 at 5pm. The restaurant will initially offer dinner and happy hour, however, the butcher shop, lunch, brunch, and a coffee shop are planned for early 2014. They won't take reservations - something to keep in mind for future trips if you're headed there with a large party.

I was quick to notice that Fridays and Saturdays they close at 2am yet dinner runs through midnight. At first I thought that was a little ambitious, as one of my pet peeves about our neighborhood is that things often shut down early, since people clear out by 11ish and there's a shortage of good food open late night for quick eats. Hopefully they are successful and they won't have an issue keeping the place packed. Our neighborhood is particular like that; restaurants that are well executed and do what they do well, tend to always have a full house. We'll patronize it over and over, we'll bring our friends, tweet about it, foursquare it up, and shout it to the mountain tops.

I can
 imagine happy hour will get busy early, so hurry over and claim your seat, as the bar seats 20. For dinner or happy hour, someone like me who loves to chat up our neighbors will enjoy the 24 seat communal table. Others might want more privacy with 50 seat dining room. I'm most excited for when the weather warms back up, as their outdoor patio will seat 50.  The aforementioned coffee shop will include a coffee bar that turns into a lounge area in the evening will seat 30. 

A few months back, Raynold Mendizabal told the Washington Post, "I'm not going to sell anything that I don't produce. I'm not going to sell prosciutto from anybody until I make it." In my opinion, for someone who knows what they are doing, homemade comes with an implied assumption of excellence. With hopes that it lives up to its expectations, I can't wait to give it a try and report back as soon as I do.

The restaurant will offer all kinds of charcuterie including verticals of different types of cured meats. Urban Butcher's PR rep mentioned that a vertical of ham prosciutto will include selections from different breeds of pig so customers can taste the difference between breeds and different farmers. Examples of different cuts of meat that will be offered include the Brazilian prime cut, picanha. Being that all the charcuterie is made in house, I can imagine they will have a limited selection to start. 

We can expect about 11 beers and 1 sparkling wine on tap. The wine list will be mainly focused on accessibility and they plan on having 100 labels to include smaller European producers as well as newer style from the US. The entire menu will be shared items to include selections from the meat cellar including charcuterie and salumi as well as terrines, pâtés and more. 

Raynold chose Silver Spring because he wanted to bring something new to the area and create a place where the community can come together and enjoy great tasting, honest food. 

Thanks, Raynold! We can't wait.

Hours: 5:00 p.m. – midnight (Monday thru Thursday), 5:00 p.m. – 2 a.m. (Friday & Saturday). 5 p.m. to TBD (Sunday). Dinner 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday thru Thursday), 6 p.m. - midnight (Friday & Saturday), Happy Hour Open until close (seven days a week).
8226 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, just two blocks south of the Silver Spring Metro stop on the Red Line.

For more on Urban Butcher, go to www.urbanbutcher.com or call 301.585.5800. Follow on Facebook and Twitter (@UrbanButcher).


  1. So looking forward to some salty pork goodness

  2. Looking forward to this place! My fiance and I just bought a condo in DTSS and we very excited!