Fleishers Craft Kitchen Closes; Butcher Shop Still Cuts It

Fleishers Craft Butchery co-founder and co-owner Ryan Fibiger posted this note on his website:

“I’m truly saddened to be closing Craft Kitchen. It’s been my place of worship for more than 3 years, and my kids have been raised on Chef Emily’s food. We have the most amazing staff in the business who have showcased how to prepare and serve REAL food for our loyal and generous patrons and friends. The restaurant and staff have been integral to teaching people how to prepare Meat Raised Right.

“However, we’ve always been a butcher shop first. We think that it’s time to get back to our roots and refocus on providing a truly remarkable customer experience.

“In the coming months you can expect to see us double down on the quality and customer service you’ve come to expect from Fleishers, with an added focus on convenience for busy families. We want to be the trusted advisor for anyone who chooses to eat meat, and it’s absolutely imperative that we teach people why they should care and to make it available (and convenient) for everyone.”

Ryan Fibiger, at work.

Fibiger said that with over 10 wholesale restaurant clients in Fairfield County, Fleishers Craft Butchery offers abundant options of ground beef, sausage, bones, offal and more. He adds:

“The culinary scene has come a long way in just a few years. We used to be one of a handful of restaurants that would even consider serving chicharonnes, beef fat fries or oxtail stew. We had to be our own outlet. Now we’re joined by a community of restaurateurs who recognize that buying well-raised meat isn’t just the right thing to do — it tastes better, too.

“We’re proud to call Chef Emily Mingrone a true friend, who demonstrates the passion and creativity necessary to design a menu celebrating our whole animal philosophy. Working alongside Emily over the years has been nothing short of an inspiration. From themed dinners to killer brunches, it was truly our pleasure to have her at the helm. Expect big things from Emily as she starts her own venture later this year.”

Chef Emily Mingrone

(Hat tip: Marcy Sansolo)

11 responses to “Fleishers Craft Kitchen Closes; Butcher Shop Still Cuts It

  1. So sad to loose such a quality brunch and dinner place! I will miss the wonderful staff and saturday morning meals there shared with friends and family. Good luck to all of you!xox, Elise Black

  2. Elisabeth Rose

    No.oo..oooo!!! It’s the only place as I go where I trust the meat! 😢

    • Elisabeth Rose

      I meant to say “only *restaurant* where I trust the meat. I’m glad the butcher shop will remain open.

      Please let us know where Chef Emily, as well as the wonderful staff (the other Emily, and Kyra (sp?), Mohammed, et al go. I will miss them!

  3. I am going to miss my Saturday morning “wich sandwich”..big time.

  4. Caryl Beatus


    • Caryl, I always use hyperlinks (the underlined words in my story). Clicking on those links brings you right to the restaurant’s website automatically.

      • Caryl,
        May I humbly ask why you insist in typing in all caps (as opposed to upper & lower), which, on the Web, is generally considered YELLING? 😉
        politely & inquisitively yours,

        • Caryl has vision issues. It’s easier for her what she types that way. We’re glad to have her as part of our “06880” community — she helps us “see” the past and the present!

  5. David J. Loffredo

    Oh the pain….

    Our favorite Thursday night catch up from the crazy week hangout – best burgers and beer in town.

    Such a loss, I needed more time to process, three days wasn’t enough, almost rescheduled our vacation….

  6. Mark Bachmann

    Glad the excellent butcher shop is staying with us but sorry to lose the restaurant.