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The Butcher arrives on Main Street at new downtown hotel

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Taste testing the Impossible Burger, a plant-based hamburger that “bleeds,” made by Silicon Valley start-up Impossible Foods.
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Taste testing the Impossible Burger, a plant-based hamburger that “bleeds,” made by Silicon Valley start-up Impossible Foods.

Hey, Bud! I saw a sign on the old Picchi-Pacchi location about some kind of butcher shop opening. Know anything?

—Guy in the office

The Wicked Butcher is the restaurant in the new Sinclair downtown, 512 Main St. It’s a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel expected to open in April. According to the advertising, it offers a full menu of clichés: “a butcher’s deft, handcrafted approach” to serving “sharable and artfully presented meat, fish and raw bar dishes.” (If you miss Picchi Pacchi, it moved to 411 W. Seventh St.)

Hey, Bud! Where can we get pastel de nata in the DFW area?

—Frosty, Fort Worth

I’m not sure, but it’s listed on the menu at 85°C Bakery Cafe in the Left Bank shops. (Check first. 85°C tends to run out of stuff.)

Hey, Bud! Can you tell me how to buy the old [vacant restaurant]? We have the perfect business plan for it.

—Facebook message

I’m flattered that you thought of me. But if your business plan starts with “send Facebook message to ask how to buy property,” then I’m not too sure about the business plan.



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Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and has moved on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 15 Texas Legislature sessions. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns about Texas dining, restaurants and food.
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