Bare Bones Butcher coming to The Nations
The whole animal butcher shop & grocery store is slated to open this year
June 21, 2017 – Bare Bones Butcher, an old school butcher shop and grocery, is coming to The Nations, announce owners Wesley Adams and Patrick Davidson. Located at 906 51st Ave North, the 1700-square foot shop will reside in the mixed use development, The Phoenix on 51st.
Bare Bones Butcher is a whole animal butcher shop, with proteins sourced from local farms. Guests can expect dry-aged beef, heritage breed pork and free-range chicken consistently, with other proteins like lamb and rabbit offered seasonally.
“Whole animal butchery equates to buying the entire animal and using all of it,” said Davidson. “We will not buy extra cuts of meat just to fill orders. We believe that it’s crucial to sustainability to omit food waste. It also affords us the opportunity to introduce people to cuts of meat that are delicious and interesting, as well as use the parts of the animal in ways that they may not have considered. You’ll see us rendering the fat for tallow, using scraps for sausage, making delicious stock from bones. I’m excited about working with the food. I love working with people that are excited about the food they grow. They have a passion for it, and I want to showcase them through our shop.”
The space will also offer fresh, local produce, cheese, eggs, and pantry staples, making it a one stop shop for locals to make a ‘bare bones’ meal. The items will be hand selected by Adams and Davidson, using products that will pair well with the proteins and also provide a great representation of Nashville products.
“Combining an onsite butcher with a small grocery will be a cool experience,” said Adams. “It’ll be tighter than many grocers, but that’s what I love about old school butcher shops. It supports a community environment and you get to know the people next to you while picking up items for that night’s dinner. It also makes it possible for us to have relationships with the people on the other side of the counter. The product will be great, but I want them to leave with the feeling that they had a great interaction and experience. We want guests to have fun, learn something new, and leave happy.”
Bare Bones Butcher will offer cooking tips, recipe cards, and firsthand advice from the staff so guests will make the best use of the product they buy.
“Our shop will be community and customer focused,” said Davidson. “We aim to know our guests’ names and their orders when they walk in the door. We want to be part of the community, not just our immediate neighbors in The Nations, but also folks all over Nashville who share our passion for well-sourced food. I want everyone to expect service with a smile. We will provide you with the best knowledge that we have and the best service we can offer. Every customer should expect that. And that goes to our products as well. We aren’t going to sell anything that we don’t stand behind.”
Wesley Adams is from Shreveport, LA, and started work post-college at a local meat market and gourmet grocery store in his hometown. It was there that he began butchering, and he spent four years learning the trade. He relocated to Nashville in 2014 to manage Porter Road Butcher’s shop in West Nashville, where he furthered his experience as a butcher and had the opportunity to interact with area farmers. He met Patrick Davidson at Porter Road Butcher, who also managed and lent his butcher expertise in the shop. Davidson is a native of Arkansas, and he learned the trade by working in convenience stores owned by his parents, and through the family’s barbecue catering business. After attending Duke University, where he played basketball, Davidson relocated to Colorado, where he gained butcher experience at Whole Foods and a specialty market, Cured. He attended school at Johnson & Wales University in Denver. Upon moving to Nashville, Davidson joined Adams at Porter Road Butcher.
The partners started a business plan upon leaving Porter Road Butcher when it closed in late 2016. They eyed The Nations and quickly found it to be the ideal spot for Bare Bones Butcher.
“We got to know a lot of folks on this side of town, and we wanted to stay in the neighborhood,” said Adams. “It’s a community built of nice people who love to support their local restaurants and shops. We are connected to this part of town.”
Bare Bones Butcher will open later this year. For more information and updates, visit Bare Bones Butcher online.