Downtown’s Butcher and the Rye Temporarily Returns as Apres Ski Bar

Closed since 2020, the popular Richard DeShantz restaurant will double as a rustic mountain lodge at least through March.
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If you want to experience a wintry getaway minus the bitter cold, visit Butcher and the Rye Downtown. 

Closed since December 2020 due to the pandemic, Butcher and the Rye will reopen Friday, Dec. 2, as Apres Ski Bar. The bar, located at 212 Sixth St., is scheduled to operate from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at least through March.

There is no date set for the reopening of the original Butcher and the Rye concept.

The crew at the Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group hotspot added some mountain lodge flair to the eatery’s existing decor, brought in a DJ and is offering a menu filled with food to warm you up, even on the most frigid night. 

“Opening a pop-up bar was a fun way to activate the space and bring people out while we work behind the scenes to rebuild the food and bar program of Butcher and the Rye, which is an involved process,” says Casey Henderlong, director of events and public relations.

The team of Butcher and the Rye Executive Chef Drew Robinson, the eatery’s original executive chef Dan Carlton, and Richard DeShantz have put together a menu of shareable items with a luxurious twist, such as pâté de foie gras, caviar, and cheese or chocolate fondue.

Seating is fluid with lounge areas as opposed to traditional dining tables. Reservations will be available for the lounges, while bar seats will be first come, first served.

Apres Ski Bar will also boast an outdoor area for up to 25 guests with a permanent — and reservable — boxcar onsite. There are heaters, and the windows are removable for the summer and fall seasons. 

Henderlong says the space brings the vibes of Aspen, Jackson Hole, Park City and even the Alps to Pittsburgh.

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