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Last week, a friend was given a tour of Block Butcher Bar. This is the quick dispatch he sent over.

I got a tour of Touhy's new place next to Low Brau tonight and it looks awesome. Much smaller than Low Brau with booths and a much smaller bar with no beer taps. It'll connect to the other side since they share bathrooms. In between, they will be hanging charcuterie in enclosed cases, like the Chops fridge.

I was upset that they painted over the David Hasselhoff painting, but they assured me that a new version will return.

Becky Gruenwald of Sac Foodways also got a preview last week.

The menu got me little moist (I know I am being SO GROSS) because it’s pretty  much my dream menu. It was like Tuohy had said, “Becky, what type of place would you like to see in Sacramento?” My answer could have been “a good Jewish Deli with actual bagels instead of the bagel-like monstrosities we have here”, but right up there would be a charcuterie bar with local and European wines, cheese and charcuterie, delicious-sounding, creative salads, and where the chef is committed to pickle-y items as well. Boom! Wish granted.

Read the entire story in Sac Foodways.

Block Butcher Bar is located at 1050 20th Street. Its exact opening date is still TBA.

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