Schane Gross’ Douglas Avenue Chop Shop, a high-end butcher shop she’s opening next to her popular bar/restaurant the Anchor, is close to finished. She’s aiming for a soft-opening on Feb. 11 and 12 that will include an artisan cheese and wine tasting. (The grand opening won’t be until late March.)
In the meantime, she’s talking about how the new meat shop will benefit diners at the Anchor.
Gross has plans to add steak specials to the menu next door. The Anchor has lots of good bar food at the moment, but steak isn’t on the menu.
The Douglas Avenue Chop Shop, 1113 E. Douglas, also will be able to produce its own sausages, which will be added to the menu next door. Gross is working on signing up local restaurant/bars to purchase their own signature sausages from the shop. She envisions future “sausage fests” where diners could travel from restaurant to restaurant, sampling sausages and tasting beer.
Other additions to the Anchor menu that the Chop Shop will make possible include meatballs and samples of high-end cheeses.
Gross has a million ideas for her new business, including a cheese club where customers would be able to sample fancy cheeses and buy them at cost. She says she’ll be selling thin-sliced meat appropriate for making pho at home, and she’ll also have hard-to-get items such as rabbit.
When the Chop Shop is up and running, Gross will sell Creekstone Farms meat and other fancy cuts.