Tertulia chef and owner Seamus Mullen opened his latest venture, El Colmado Butchery earlier this week after a few curious delays. Located on the outside edge of the Meatpacking District it must be the first butcher shop to open in the neighborhood this century. The businesses that gave the area its name having mostly fled as rents skyrocketed.
While there is an existing El Colmado in Gotham West Market it is strictly a tapas counter. The downtown version offers a full menu all day long, but is also a butcher shop selling pasture raised and grass fed animals, which Mullen hopes the neighborhood will embrace. At night the butcher counters are cleared and transformed into bar seating, the space then becomes a full bore tapas bar.