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#1 Aug 7, 2012
lotta good places in butler, just walk down main an pick one. Natilis, burger hut, and the chop shop are absolutely stellar!
#2 Aug 13, 2012
Natili's North = yes
The older Natili's on South Main = no
#3 Aug 13, 2012
Gotta agree my friend! natilis north IS better!
#4 Aug 27, 2012
What is the chop shop? Butler seriously lacks any variety of quality restaurants. Rey Azteca, Villa Grande and maybe one of the Natili's. The Burger Hut? Seriously? The guy who runs the BBQ joint down off Chestnut has modest atmosphere but puts heart and soul into his food which makes it better than any 50 year old Butler grease pit.
Oh and when is this brewery coming?
#5 Aug 27, 2012
I agree soooo completely! "When pigs fly" is awesome!
#6 Aug 28, 2012
Hot Dog Shop building to come down
The Hot Dog Shop building, an icon of downtown Butler from 1912 to 2004, is to be knocked down on Wednesday.
The demolition is set to start at 8 a.m., and will include the Reiber Building next door.
The buildings, which have a 101-107 S. Main St. address, face Jefferson Street.
Ken Reilly Demolition, Mars, will do the work.
The demolition will make space for the craft beer brewers known as Butler Brew Works, which will be housed in the former Eckerd Drugs red brick building that faces Main Street. Eventually, the entrepreneurs plan to build a patio on the Hot Dog Shop site.
That is our intention, and maybe putting in a bocci ball or cornhole court, said Greg Deal, a Brew Works partner.Were getting there slowly but surely.
Cedar Street, an alley that runs parallel to Main Street behind the Reiber Building, will be closed intermittently during the demolition, said John Evans, Butler zoning officer. Cedar Street will be used as a staging area, he said.
After the demolition is completed, work on the Main Street building will begin, including roof, plumbing, heating and air conditioning improvements, Deal said.
Although an end-of-year opening was planned, Deal said that is optimistic. Its more likely the tap room will be open by spring 2013, he said.
#7 Aug 28, 2012
Thanks I no longer drink was just wondering. Plenty more DUI's for the city Police to focus on meaning less drugs off the streets.
#8 Aug 28, 2012
A craft beer brewery is not the same sort of business as just a beer joint where people go to get smashed.
Being a been connessieur, I will go there. I don't drink to get drunk, I love the taste.
Are there more like me who enjoy the craft of good beer brewing and good, grown up commradrie in this town?
I will tell anyone though, if you have a brewery in this town, you had better be like a sportspub, steelers, pirates game and gear, or it will bea useless venture.
#9 Aug 29, 2012
Willie, in my experiance a good business plan for a ''brewery craft beer'' place excludes televisions and gear of sports teams. The focus should be on the product, since beer in these places is more expensive do you want people sitting in seats that sip on a beer for an hour and a half watching tv ? It's about maximizing profit by supplying a quality product in a timely manner. Personally if I really want to watch a game I stay home where I can watch it without having to struggle to hear and see and be surrounded by beer muscle idiots that wouldn't know how to put on a supporter.
#10 Aug 29, 2012
I agree completely, bars are the last spot I want to watch a game. First off most bars open for games are smoke filled and dingy. Second I want to watch the game. I like to hear the announcers and flip through NFL Red Zone and check the score on other games. I don't need to hear every buzzed Yinzer's stupid opinion on why the Steelers should run the ball or some other hijinx.
Honestly, I don't even enjoy going to the games at Heinz anymore. The drive isn't worth it, dealing with drunks who can't hanlde their alcohol, the price of every thing and most important aspect is not being able to see proper reviews of the play. I enjoy chilling at home with my son and a friend or two instead of the bar or stadium experience.
Back to the brewery, they need a quality menu and cuisine. A brewery, especially in this coors light or Pabst town, is not going to survive off craft beers alone. They need a selective menu so people like myself who no longer drink or even the older folks (which are a plenty) can also enjoy the experience. Butler is limited in it's places for quality food, alcohol alone won't help a business survive in this town.
Hopefully the owners do what they can to keep it here for a while and not let it go like the Brickhouse. The best restaurant that Butler has had in my 13 years of living here was Gunners. Just an outstanding establishment. They got out before Butler went downhill.
#11 Aug 29, 2012
I agree very much. When this business opens up, we need to support it.
#12 Sep 2, 2012
Natili's north is not good as well. I've had better chef bouardi.
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