Is a shop that shills slabs of fake meat allowed to call itself a butcher? In Brooklyn, the home of artisan mayo and "raw chocolate," of course there is.
At least there will be by the spring, when Monk’s Meats opens in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood. The founders just completed a successful Kickstarter to fund the opening of this vegan butcher shop and deli that will feature "vegan options you would expect to find in a meat shop," like steaks and sausages, as co-founder Chris Kim told DNAinfo.
Generally, we wouldn’t expect to find any vegan options in a meat shop, but let's not quibble. Monk’s has already made its name at Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg, and this will be the first standalone brick and mortar “butcher” location. The owners are said to be inspired by traditional Brooklyn deli and butcher shops, which, if we remember correctly, included actual meat.
Since the word butcher is defined as someone who deals in meat or slaughters animals, we’re not even sure we're OK with referring to Monk’s as one; the only slaughtering they do, according to their website, involves turning asparagus and seitan into steaks and shiitake mushrooms into “bacon.” They'll also offer readymade dishes such as meatless balls in marinara or cheeseless meatless mushroom lasagna.
Again, there's no meat or butcher involved at Monk’s Meats, a butcher shop. Twitter, too, is confused.
The shop will be located at 477 Gates Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and is expected to open by late spring.
(Via DNA Info)
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