The new restaurant taking over the former Beso space on 18th Street appears to be readying for an opening within a matter of days, and we now know that it's going to be a miniature steakhouse called Blind Butcher.
As owner and chef Coskun Abik told Hoodline in recent weeks, he thought the neighborhood needed a steakhouse, and Blind Butcher is going to focus primarily on protein and vegetables, "avoiding carbs."
The name, he says, is kind of a joke ("A butcher shouldn't be blind!" Abik says, and yah, obviously), but it's also apparently taken from a real 19th century butcher shop in New York City.
Abik, who opened Lark five years ago two doors up 18th Street from the new space and who also owns Dunya on upper Polk Street, is branching out with food that isn't specifically Mediterranean or Turkish, as his other restaurants are.
Per Hoodline, the menu will include "3-4 cuts of steak on the menu each day, along with hearty main dishes like branzino, short ribs, lamb shanks, burgers and lobster mac and cheese." Also there will be charcuterie, cheeses, and fried oysters as starters.
Blind Butcher — which we initially reported as being named Butcher & Farm, which was the business name Abik had used on his liquor license transfer — arrives at a time of flux for the Castro dining scene. The recent closures of Chow, Firewood, and Beso have left some voids in need of filling. We still don't know if there are any takers for the Firewood space, but Cook Shoppe is set to open soon in the former Chow on Church.
The exact opening date of Blind Butcher has not yet been announced.