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Urban Butcher Brings the Whole Hog to Silver Spring

The new Georgia Avenue restaurant offers an eclectic menu of local meats and a wide selection of wine.

Guests enjoy a sampling of domestic artisanal cheeses. Photo credit: Peter Stepanek.
Guests enjoy a sampling of domestic artisanal cheeses. Photo credit: Peter Stepanek.
Urban Butcher—Silver Spring's new "nose-to-tail" dining option—prepped for its Thursday, Dec. 12, opening with a preview dinner earlier in the week.

The restaurant at 8226 Georgia Ave. offers an eclectic menu of local meats and a wide selection of wine. The restaurant cures and ages "cuts from heritage breeds of livestock chosen for the natural flavors they take from the land on which they freely graze," and it has have a custom-designed, glass-enclosed curing cellar as well as an in-house butchering kitchen, according to a restaurant news release.

Urban Butcher's owner and chef Raynold Mendizabal is a long-time restaurant industry veteran not worried about getting customers to try new things.

"An idea at our core is the trust of our community. It's not about the cut, it's about trust. Once we have that trust, there won’t be a challenge of getting customers to try things," he said.

Initially, Urban Butcher will offer dinner and happy hour, and the butcher shop opened Thursday, a restaurant spokesperson told Patch. 

Lunch, brunch and a coffee shop throughout the day are planned for early 2014, according to the spokesperson.

Note the restaurant's initial hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. On Sundays, Urban Butcher will open at 5 p.m., and Sunday's closing time is still to be determined. Dinner will be served from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. "Happy Hour" is every day to closing.

For more information on Urban Butcher, visit the restaurant's website (www.urbanbutcher.com), Facebook page and Twitter stream (it's the one and only @UrbanButcher), or call 301-585-5800.

Read more about Urban Butcher on its website and on Silver Spring Patch

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