New Albany: Butcher & Grocer plans location for Market Square

The Butcher & Grocer, the specialty butcher shop that was started in Grandview Heights, is expanding to New Albany in the fall.

The location is at 160 W. Main St. in the heart of the Market Square.

Owner Tony Tanner said it was his long-term intention to open in the suburb, but when the space became available, he had to act immediately.

"We just have a lot of customers who come from New Albany," Tanner said. "When this space became available, it was kind of like, you look around the area in Market Square, you only have so many options. It's a great area – great area of town."

In addition to Ohio-raised beef, lamb, pork and chicken, the shop will include a fish monger, charcuterie, cheese, produce and deli and grocery items designed to complement the meat and seafood cases.

The Butcher & Grocer plans to open on West Main Street in New Albany in the fall.

Beer and wine for carryout also will be available.

A small restaurant with a full bar attached to the butcher shop will focus on sandwiches served on homemade bread and other butcher-food options, such as charcuterie boards and fresh oysters, Tanner said,

"It's sandwiches, basically," he said. "It's our meat, soups, salads, sandwiches, our french fries, just kind of like a comfy place to sit."

The Grandview craft butcher shop and specialty grocer was opened July 5, 2016. Another is planned for Columbus' near-east side, and a third is planned for Shawnee Hills, bringing the total to four with New Albany,

The company also has a meat-processing facility at 649 N. James Road in Columbus, where whole animal carcasses are brought from Ohio farmers to supply the retail shops and other wholesale-restaurant customers.

Tony Tanner

Tanner said it's all about quality control.

More and more consumers are paying closer attention to where their food is sourced. Tanner said The Butcher & Grocer buys directly only from Ohio farmers and ranchers.

"It makes sure we're breaking down beef, pigs and lambs the way we want it in the case," Tanner said, "the way we want to present it."

The New Albany deal still requires additional funding, which Tanner is confident he will raise, he said.

"We're approaching investors," he said. "Our first round to get Shawnee Hills and Olde Towne East (adequately funded) was successful." 

Cherie Nelson, executive director of the New Albany Chamber of Commerce, said the opening of The Butcher & Grocer would be good news for the “eat local” crowd.

“I think it’s going to be a really good match for how people like to eat today,” Nelson said.

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