A Drummer, A Lawyer and a Chef – Cooking Up New Butchertown Hotspot

Butchertown grocery

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2015) – – – My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan, high-stakes lawyer Jon Salomon and award-winning chef Bobby Benjamin will open new restaurant Butchertown Grocery this November in Louisville. Friends Salomon and Hallahan have traveled extensively in their careers, whether it’s arranging state visits for President Clinton or headlining major concert venues, and look to bring a world-class dining destination home to the buzzing Butchertown neighborhood. By recruiting Benjamin to helm the kitchen, and assembling a dynamic team that includes acclaimed beverage director Marie Zahn, chef de cuisine Tina Dyer and assistant general manager Derric Perkins, they launch their vision for a neighborhood venue with an extraordinary food and beverage program, matched by unparalleled hospitality.

Butchertown grocery

 Located at 1076 East Washington Street in the heart of the historic Butchertown neighborhood, the ambitious bar and restaurant will focus on seasonality, sourcing and technique to offer refined but approachable fare. An urbane cocktail bar and performance space upstairs will offer late-night bites, finely-crafted drinks and endless possibilities for impromptu music and art.
 
Butchertown grocery
The Butchertown Grocery team includes:
 
Bobby Benjamin, executive chef and partner
Benjamin’s philosophy is simple, like his food. Respect ingredients, cook with integrity and be honest on the plate. While it is hard to define the range in Benjamin’s menu at Butchertown Grocery, the connecting factor is that every dish is deeply personal and reflects a point in his life where good food made a lasting impact. Benjamin paid his dues in top kitchens across the country and earned his culinary degree but his perseverance, drive and obvious talent are what made him the perfect partner to helm this restaurant with Salomon and Hallahan.
 
Patrick Hallahan, partner
Hallahan is a professional musician who’s always been equally fascinated by food as art. Many know him as the drummer for hometown heroes My Morning Jacket, but at Butchertown Grocery he’s applying his creative spirit to curating an entirely different medium. Fellow partner and friend Jon Salomon saw Hallahan’s love for art and passion for cultivating the collective experience as a way to bring a unique character and soul to the restaurant and performance space. Hallahan has had a steady hand in designing Butchertown Grocery to support creative endeavors of all kinds.
 
Jon Salomon, partner
Salomon is a superstar business and political lawyer and frequent community advocate, handling complex and high-stakes disputes. His love for Butchertown, a place he says perfectly reflects Louisville’s past, present and future, led to him assembling the Butchertown Grocery team to offer a world-class restaurant and intimate performance space in a neighborhood setting. Salomon also helped launch B.S.A.P.C., the social action arm of Butchertown Grocery, which is already giving back to the community in ways that promote local art and culture, protect and restore Louisville’s natural resources, beautify the built environment and further other charitable endeavors.
 
Marie Zahn, beverage director
Zahn is a matchmaker. Whether it’s pairing the perfect spirits for cocktails or finding a match between two patrons at the bar, she’s always looking to make connections and enhance the overall experience. Zahn has earned accolades and an avid fan base for her innovative and unexpected cocktail combinations from past stints at trendsetting bars around the city.
 
Tina Dyer, chef de cuisine
Dyer is an avid learner. Constantly striving to prove herself in a male-dominated industry, Dyer has earned her spot in the kitchen at Butchertown Grocery. Since 2008, Dyer has worked in some of the city’s best restaurants including Bistro Le Relais and Seviche, and worked her way to being chef de cuisine under Benjamin. Now, she is adding her creative touches to the Butchertown Grocery menu and supporting the business side of the restaurant.
 
Derric Perkins, assistant general manager
Perkins is a service professional. By working nearly every position in the restaurant business, from barbecue joints to ocean-view resorts, he’s learned the ins and outs across the board. He gained a deep respect for Benjamin’s management style working with him in the past and enjoys collaborating to create a memorable experience for each diner at Butchertown Grocery.
 
Butchertown Grocery is currently hiring the rest of its staff including chefs, servers, bartenders and hosts/hostesses. To apply, email jobs@butchertowngrocery.com with a resume and cover letter.
About Butchertown Grocery:
Drawing inspiration from the century-old building’s former life as a grocery store, Butchertown Grocery brings refined casual dining focused on market-fresh produce in a neighborhood atmosphere to Louisville. Located at 1076 E. Washington St. in the heart of historic Butchertown, chef Bobby Benjamin created lunch, dinner and late night menus filled with dishes spanning his career as a chef from childhood to the present. The 100+ seat restaurant will feature a chef’s bar and dining downstairs and cocktail lounge with live performance space and charcuterie kitchen upstairs. Butchertown Grocery will open this November. For more information, visit butchertowngrocery.com or follow Facebook and Twitter.

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