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Butcher cuts into Downtown Market

February 25, 2016
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Downtown Market catches ex-Pike Place fishmonger
Jeff Butzow. Courtesy Downtown Market

An artisan butcher will be the newest tenant to join the Downtown Market.

Jeff Butzow, owner of Fish Lads, another indoor Market Hall vendor, will open Carvers: Grand Rapids Finest Meats this summer.

Carvers will be located adjacent to Fish Lads, in the space that Montello’s Meat Market previously occupied. Montello’s exited the Downtown Market recently.

Carvers customers can expect to find cases fully stocked with a variety of high-end meats, including beef, pork, poultry and lamb, at an “approachable price.”

Beef options will include 100-percent grass-fed beef, 100-percent locally raised beef, American Kobe and a high-end choice option.

Among the variety of pork options customers will find Heritage pork and house-smoked bacon.

A limited quantity of in house, dry-aged meats will also be available, and customers looking for exotic meats will have the opportunity to special order.

Carvers will make available a variety of pre-cooked and ready-to-cook options, including ribs, meatballs, meatloaves, pre-marinated items, gourmet burger patties and pre-stuffed and stuffed-to-order meats and poultry items.

Also featured will be high-end, cut-to-order deli meats and other ready-to-eat options, such as jerky and house-made charcuterie.

Like Fish Lads, Carvers will feature a full-service kitchen with “100 percent” made from scratch lunch and dinner menu items, including favorites such as house-made pastrami and corned-beef sandwiches, a variety of gourmet burgers and accompanying “indulgences,” including steak frites.

A daily features menu will give customers a revolving taste of new approaches to meat, in addition to some classic dishes.

“Great butchers operate with three principles in mind: pride, passion and provenance,” Butzow said. “Our vision with Carvers is to bring the same high-quality, local products to local tables that people have come to expect from Fish Lads and the rest of the Downtown Market.”

Butzow noted that Fish Lads has experienced “explosive growth” since opening in 2013, which made becoming the “land and sea specialists” in Grand Rapids “an easy decision.” 

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