The Butterbean officially opened for business on December 29th, 2018 in Manchester’s at 1204 Hull Street. The Grand Opening celebration for the Market & Cafe is set for Saturday, January 5th.
The Butterbean offers hand pulled espresso, craft beer, and kombucha alongside made from scratch soups, salads, and sandwiches to stay or to go (online ordering is available). With an expansive outdoor patio, the Butterbean will offer live music during warmer weather. The market side of the business carries just the right amount of grocery staples to serve the burgeoning community. The hope is that The Butterbean can become an essential building block for Manchester’s business district and the surrounding residential neighborhood. Said differently, we hope it becomes the glue that helps bind together a neighborhood in all its wonderful individuality and diversity.
The business is run by the team of Daniel Scherotter (Culinary Director), Nick Hanson (Operations Manager), and John Kinser (Head Chef), with Ben Spencer heading up the beverage program. The Butterbean joins Hot Diggity Donuts and as the second of several new restaurants, bakeries, cafés, & brewpubs the team is working to open on Hull Street.
Built in 1892, the building in which The Butterbean is located was once the A. A. Adkins & Co. Furniture store. After having been fully restored in 2017 with the buildout of the Butterbean completed in 2018, the building is also home to 10 apartments. As with Hot Diggity Donuts, The Butterbean has hired many of its new employees from the local neighborhood adding badly needed local jobs and a new food and drink option for the Hull Street corridor.
We are happy to announce our new venture & best attempt to help fill the food desert on Manchester’s Hull St with: The Butterbean Market & Cafe. We hope y’all will come to visit. Shooting for 1Q 2018 opening!
Why Are We Opening The Butterbean? Three Reasons…
Neighborhood Building: We have seen firsthand the incredibly transformative impact a local, homegrown market can have for a neighborhood. Whether it’s Union Market in Church Hill, Saison Market in Jackson Ward, Shield’s Market in the Fan, or the granddaddy of them all-Elwood Thompson’s, these markets have done great things for the local community. These places not only offer fresh, local, and sustainable food options in what was otherwise a food desert, but they become safe third places that allow a diverse set of neighbors to interact and get to know one another.
Less Words & More Action: We have grown frustrated with business people constantly talking, but with no real action related to opening a grocery store in Manchester, or reviving the dormant Hull Street business corridor for that matter. The talk has been going on for at least 20 years…and simply put, we are tired of waiting. And while The Butterbean will admittedly be far from a full scale grocery store, it will be a start. We will try to offer as many local food and dry goods as we can in the space we have available and that the community will ultimately support.
We Love Food: We are hoping The Butterbean can be a place for folks to get healthy and affordable food, made from scratch, and prepared on site. In fact, to that end we have hired an expert as our Culinary Director-Chef Daniel Scherotter from San Francisco. Dan is the former Executive Chef & Owner/CEO of the acclaimed 25+ year old Palio d’Asti Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s financial district. But probably just as important, Dan is a teacher at heart. Dan recently developed from scratch a culinary entrepreneurial program at San Francisco’s John O’Connell High School, which he then led for the past five years. As the Culinary Arts & Economics Manager for the school, Dan learned firsthand how to help the younger generation learn the necessary skills in order to successfully enter the restaurant business. We think that will be a great skill to have as we look to hire and train new staff. We couldn’t be more excited to have Dan as part of the team as we look to roll out several food and drink concepts we are developing for Hull Street.
We hope you will like what we have in store as we try to put the building blocks in place to help Manchester’s potential turn into reality. You can check out The Butterbean’s website, Facebook, & Instagram pages to follow the progress for the venture.