Carvers: Grand Rapids’ Finest Meats Opening at the Downtown Market on October 7th

Carvers: Grand Rapids’ Finest Meats, will officially open for business on October 7th, becoming the newest tenant inside the Grand Rapids Downtown Market Hall. Carvers is an all-new locally-owned butcher, and the latest venture of Fish Lads owner Jeff Butzow.

“Our mission with Carvers is to bring the same high-quality products to local tables that people have come to expect from Fish Lads,” said Butzow. “We’re working hard to source the very best products in a sustainable way, and at an approachable price point.”

Customers will find cases fully stocked with a variety of high-end meats (beef, pork, poultry, lamb, etc.) at an approachable price. Beef options will include a full line of 100 percent grass-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef as well as high-end Kobe options. Heritage Kurobota pork, pork belly, unique house-made sausages and organic, free-range chickens will also be available year-round.

“We want to be the experts that customers rely on to select the best cuts of meat for their needs,” said Butzow. “We are full-service butchers that source the best products, help select a cut, and provide tips on preparation and cooking.”

Carvers has a full-service kitchen with made-from-scratch items including a $5 burger feature, chicken wings and pastrami and corned-beef sandwiches. Carvers also features a full-service deli, where customers can customize their own grab-and-go sandwiches and salad bowls, made to order by deli specialists. A rotating daily feature menu will give guests a constantly revolving taste of innovative approaches to meat and side dishes in addition to some well-loved classic dishes like weekend steak and egg breakfasts. Carvers will also serve breakfast sandwiches for those looking to grab a bite on their way into the office.

“Jeff is bringing the same level of passion and expertise to Carvers that has led to his tremendous success with Fish Lads,” said Mimi Fritz. “The addition of a full-service kitchen gives people a way to taste the products and adds a whole new variety of hearty menu options in the Market Hall.”

A fully stocked deli case features hand-sliced, all-natural, nitrate-free deli meats, available to take home or in a made-to-order deli sandwich on Field & Fire bread. Other deli case specialties include house-made salads, pâtés and terrines. Paying homage to Butzow’s northern Michigan roots, Carvers will feature a variety of house-made pickled foods, including pickled eggs, pickled bologna, and kimchi. Carvers also stocks a variety of pre-cooked and ready-to-cook options including ribs, meatballs, meatloaves, stuffed pork loins and gourmet burger patties, for those who want to enjoy Grand Rapids’ finest meats but don’t have time to cook.

About the Grand Rapids Downtown Market

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is the region’s new choice for fresh, delicious foods and amazing public market merchants. The Market is a $30 million, self-sustaining, LEED-certified, mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local foods and growing. It incorporates entrepreneur and experimentation space for both emerging and experienced food artisans and merchants including a 24-vendor Market Hall and two full-service restaurants. More at