Photo by Eric Best

Photo by Eric Best

Butcher Block opens expansion into Pacifier space

The Butcher Block is opening a new bar in the former Pacifier space.

The Northeast Minneapolis Italian restaurant has added a bar and more seating thanks to an expansion into the into the former flagship space of the baby gift and clothing boutique. Pacifier relocated from the Hennepin Avenue space in January to open a larger location in the North Loop.

Kristin Van Duyne, co-owner and pastry chef, said the new 1,600-square-foot space doubles the restaurant’s size. It also allows for larger groups and events to book space.

The BUTCHER BLOCK 2 submittedAlong with the new bar, which opens July 7-8 as part of a grand opening celebration, the restaurant is adding a new appetizer menu for the bar and is now serving a new lunch menu. Thanks to the project, The Butcher Block also has additional patio seating and will eventually add a valet service, according to a news release.

The bar menu features spiedini, or skewered and grilled meat — chicken, octopus, lamb and beef are all rotating as options — prepared in the traditional style like in Rome, where executive chef Filippo Caffari worked as a butcher for almost 20 years. Happy hour in the bar is from 4-6 p.m. daily.

The lunch menu features options like classic shortribs or chicken parmiggiana — now available as sandwiches — tuna carpaccio, pasta dishes like tortellini with peas and ham, and salads. The Butcher Block serves lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

“We heard from customers over the past six and a half years that it’d be nice to have a bigger bar space. Now we do,” Caffari said in a statement.