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Butcher shop opening in Downtown Market

October 5, 2016
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Jeff Butzow. Courtesy Downtown Market

Come Friday, visitors to the Downtown Market will once again be able to purchase a wide range of meats.

Carvers: Grand Rapids’ Finest Meats will officially open that day.

Carvers takes the place of Montello Meat Market, which left the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids earlier this year.

Carvers is the latest venture by Jeff Butzow, who also operates Fish Lads in the market.

Butzow said Carvers will offer full-service butcher services, including sourcing the “best products” and helping customers select the right cut, as well as providing tips on preparation and cooking. 

Carvers will feature cases fully stocked with a variety of high-end meats, including beef, pork, poultry, lamb and more. Beef options will include a full line of 100 percent grass fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef and Kobe options. Heritage Kurobota pork, pork belly, house-made sausages and organic, free-range chicken will also be available year-round. 

Carvers has a full-service kitchen and will feature made-from-scratch items, including a $5 burger feature, chicken wings and pastrami and corned-beef sandwiches.

A rotating daily feature menu will give customers a “constantly revolving” taste of “innovative approaches” to meat and side dishes, in addition to some “well-loved” classic dishes, like weekend steak and egg breakfasts, and breakfast sandwiches.

Carvers also has a full-service deli, where customers can customize grab-and-go sandwiches and salad bowls, made by “deli specialists.” The fully stocked deli case features hand sliced, all natural, nitrate-free deli meats, available to take home or in a made-to-order deli sandwich on Field & Fire bread. Other deli case specialties include house-made salads, pâtés and terrines.

Paying homage to Butzow’s northern Michigan roots, Carvers will feature a variety of house-made pickled foods, including pickled eggs, pickled bologna and kimchi.

Carvers also stocks a variety of pre-cooked and ready-to-cook options, including ribs, meatballs, meatloaves, stuffed pork loins and gourmet burger patties.

Butzow said his mission with Carvers is to bring the “same high-quality products” to local tables that people have come to expect from Fish Lads.

“We’re working hard to source the very best products in a sustainable way and at an approachable price point,” he said.

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