The North Shore’s Modern Butcher Shop is moving closer to Boston


The new “enhanced” location in Danvers will have an expanded menu of sandwiches and snacks.

Modern butcher sausage. Photo credit: The Modern Butcher Shop

A new sandwich counter and butcher shop coming to the North Shore is where Roast Beef was built.

The Modern Butcher Shop, currently in Newburyport, will move to a larger location in downtown Danvers early next year. and offer bar seating for the first time.

Co-owner Lisa Nichols said, “That’s what we’re all about. We just beefed it up.

Modern Butcher’s North Shore’s Roast Beef Sandwich is a Saturday only weekly special, a hearty sandwich with alternating layers of American cheese, mayonnaise, thinly sliced ​​rare beef and barbecue sauce. It’s an exciting promise (“No pun intended,” Nichols adds).

Modern Butcher North Shore Beef Sandwich
North Shore beef sandwich. – Photo credit: The Modern Butcher Shop

Nichols and her partner Warren Means opened Modern Butcher Shop in February 2019. Originally from Danvers and Wakefield, the couple wanted to bring whole animal slaughtering to a community accustomed to “a hint of marinated steak and boneless, skinless chicken breasts.”The Modern Butcher processes at least one cow, two pigs and dozens of chickens in-store every week.

The menu has increased due to need. Homemade charcuterie has become a hit at this little shop, and the Sandwich of the Day special has taken off. Nichols launched this one and only lunch item in the shop’s first summer. Modern His Butcher’s saucy giant daily sandwich specials, featuring oven-‘fried’ boneless chicken thighs and deli meats as tall as an inch, have seen steady sales and social media attention for him. collected.

“We went from 20 to 40 a day and now make about 125 sandwiches,” says Nichols. He does one day a week when Modern Butcher serves the North Shore’s most famous produce, and on Saturdays, the turnover is close to his 250. [the Newburyport location] It’s a lot faster than we ever expected,” she said. The new space will allow the business to continue to grow, giving more communities access to locally sourced and sustainably raised meat.

Modern Butcher Shop Rendering Danvers
Danvers’ butcher shop spans 2,500 square feet, compared to Newburyport’s less than 1,300 square feet. – Rendered by Peckham Design and Construction

Danvers Shop has a charcuterie counter that seats three and about 10 bar stools for in-store dining. According to Nichols, it’s a setup that helps connect people with food. “People want to see,” she notes, when animals are being butchered in Newburyport. “Now they can hang out, have a beer and talk to one of our girlfriends about what Warren cut.” Modern Butcher will continue to offer classes at the new location.

In addition to the daily specials, the new location’s eat-in menu features Italian Jobs (Hot Capicola Ciabatta, Salami, Pepperoni, Fried Mortadella, Provolone, Tomatoes, Banana Peppers, Spicy Pepper Spread, Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips, Garlic Mayonnaise). , mixed greens), ham, pastrami, beef belly bacon, and more.

“First and foremost, we are whole animal butchers,” said Nichols. “We want to showcase that, especially in our new space with a food menu.”

The Modern Butcher Shop will hold a liquor license hearing in Danvers in January. Nichols, a career restaurant server, bartender, and local beer influencer, wants to serve canned craft beer and natural wines by the glass. “North she’s really excited to be doing something great on the Shore,” she says of her planned beverage program. The left side of the shop houses a growing retail collection of produce from local farms, artisanal cheeses, small batch sauces and spice rubs, to-go meals and in-house charcuterie.

The former Dunkin’, new location at 36 Maple Street has street parking and nearby municipal parking. “It makes sense for us,” Danvers said. [customers] It’s from Boston, so it’s a halfway point from Newburyport,” Nichols said, adding that “downtown could very well be great” in her hometown.

The modern butcher shop is currently under construction and is on track to open in early March. Follow us on social media for Sandwich FOMO and moving news.

Modern Butcher Deli Meat Sandwich
Deli meat sandwich. – Photo credit: The Modern Butcher Shop

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