The original Bill the Butcher is back in his first shop.
William von Schneidau, owner of BB Ranch in Pike Place Market, has opened a second BB Ranch shop in the Woodinville spot that until recently housed the flagship branch of Bill the Butcher. Von Schneidau had co-founded that butcher shop chain in 2009 with J’Amy Owens; he broke off and filed a lawsuit against the company in 2011, going on to found BB Ranch later that year. The 6-store Bill the Butcher chain closed suddenly and messily in October.
“I’m just really excited to be able to offer stuff to the Eastside again,” von Schnideau said Wednesday. His children went through Woodinville schools, and he was involved in the community for 20-some years, he said. When the landlord called to offer him the space, “I was honored… I love the people there.”
BB Ranch is profitable, he said, and he expects the new branch will be too.
The company advertises grass-fed meats cut to order, as well as house-cured and smoked specialties, with supplies ranging from chickens to goats to lamb. The butchers break down whole animals on site. Von Schneidau lists local ranchers among his suppliers (a contentious point at Bill the Butcher), has won warm Yelp ratings for his aged steaks, and went viral with “pot pigs” fed with marijuana roots, stems and leaves.
He had planned to expand into other communities before the Woodinville site became available, and still expects new BB Ranch locations to open in 2015. He’s also planning upcoming projects with the Barnraiser crowdsourcing site, including a mobile processing plant.