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Former Art Bar becoming Bear & The Butcher in Chevy Chase

Tom Behr, owner of Pazzo's, Village Idiot and The Beer Trappe, posed last August for a picture inside of what will soon be the Bear & the Butcher restaurant. Photo by Andrea Noall | Staff
Tom Behr, owner of Pazzo's, Village Idiot and The Beer Trappe, posed last August for a picture inside of what will soon be the Bear & the Butcher restaurant. Photo by Andrea Noall | Staff Herald-Leader

Bear & The Butcher restaurant will open at 815 Euclid Avenue this fall.

Tom Behr, who bought the former Art Bar nightclub building last July, said that his sons Brett Behr, who owns The Beer Trappe next door, and Brian Behr, who owns The Village Idiot on Short Street, will own and jointly operate the restaurant.

The name is a play on the Behrs’ last name and it will be called The Butcher because they plan to butcher meat on-site to make sausage.

“We’re building a walk-in cooler to hang and butcher the meat,” Tom Behr said.

Executive chef Jason Ritchey, who is in charge of the kitchen at The Village Idiot and is in the process of revamping the menu for Pazzo’s Pizza Pub on Limestone, will oversee the kitchen at Bear & The Butcher.

The moderately priced menu will feature craft sliders, a large variety of house-made sausages, Lexington craft beers, wine and cocktails, according to Behr. Food can be ordered at the bar or at a walk-up counter.

The two-story space will feature a full bar downstairs with lots of televisions in “an urban chic setting,” Behr said. The upstairs will have an atrium overlooking the main floor as well as a two-sided bar on the balcony overlooking Euclid.

There will be outside seating on the balcony and on the sidewalk. Glass garage-style doors will open on both levels.

Bear & The Butcher will be open for lunch and dinner, and brunch on weekends with live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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