Fleming Architects collaborated with renowned Memphis Chefs, Michael Hudman and Andy Ticer as well as local designer Sarah Spinosa, to transform an old medical office building into a community butcher shop and restaurant. The concept and design for Porcellino’s Craft Butcher was derived from classic neighborhood Italian grocery stores, and can be seen through the use of black and white tile, Carrera marble, and vintage inspired fixtures. The space was designed with large windows, providing customers with a view into the butcher’s cut room, the pasta making room, and the meat curing room. The project not only included Porcellino’s Craft Butcher, but also a renovation and expansion to the existing, enormously popular Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen. The expansion provides the restaurant with valuable additional space, addressing the issues that the previously insufficient bar and kitchen areas supplied. The addition includes a spacious new bar and cocktail lounge, designed with vaulted ceilings and wood beams, a private dining room for large parties and events, and essential extra kitchen space. The Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen expansion also involved a new back patio, complete with a large stone fireplace and outdoor seating areas that provides the restaurant with additional dining and event space.
I’m most excited to bring back the community butcher, I think the conversation that’s going on about food at restaurants really begins at home, and Andy and I have wanted to be part of that conversation in Memphis for a long time. This butcher shop helps us do that.