Minneapolis Will Soon Be Home to America's First Vegan Butcher Shop

Kirstin Fawcett

A “vegan butcher” sounds like an oxymoron straight out of a Portlandia skit. However, Thrillist reports that The Herbivorous Butcher—a shop that sells meatless versions of classic deli options—will open in Minneapolis later this month.

The establishment will sell “small-batch, locally-sourced, all-natural meat alternatives” that are designed to taste like ham, turkey, pastrami, and bologna. Patrons can also purchase imitation BBQ and Korean ribs, Italian and breakfast sausages, and Porterhouse steaks. And since no fully loaded deli sandwich is complete without a slice of mozzarella, pepper jack, or cheddar, the shop will also offer a variety of vegan “cheeses.”

Siblings Aubry and Kale Walch initially began The Herbivorous Butcher as a farmers’ market stand, and later grew it into an online outpost. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, they were able to raise enough money to transform it into a real-life store. It will celebrate its first official day of business on January 23, and will reportedly be open six days a week.

Don’t live in Minnesota? The Herbivorous Butcher will also offer nationwide shipping for a limited time, and plans to soon offer customers unlimited shipping. Learn more about its vegan offerings in the video above, or check out their website.

All images courtesy of iStock.

[h/t Thrillist]