"Dear Dara" reports that The Butcher Block, a caterer by day, in-house butchery and chicken wing specialist by night, will open *today* in the old Fugaise location in Northeast Minneapolis. [EDIT: A Hot Dish reader informs us that the the launch date has been pushed back to June 26 -- that's next Friday -- and he's totally right. Blerg! Thanks, reader!]
Butcher Block is planned as a meat-heavy gastropub, or in [Chef Darin] Koch's words, trattoria, with nothing on the menu priced over $15, and will have a full bar as well as wine and liquor license. Their claim to fame will be their butcher, Filippo Caffari, a former Osteria I Nonni chef who will be hand crafting all sorts of old-school European delights like lamb prosciutto, pork guanciale, and coppa salami.
Sure, why not? Let us know if you stop by, Hot Dishers.
The Butcher Block 308 E. Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis 612.455.1080