Butcher & Boar debuts winterized patio, Boarfest

TOM HORGEN | Updated 10/3/2012

Popular new downtown spot to break in heated patio with an Oktoberfest-style party.

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The Twin Cities’ top patios will be tested this weekend when low temps dip into the 30s. Butcher & the Boar will be ready: The meat palace recently equipped its outdoor patio with a heated all-weather German-style tent. And they plan to keep it open year round. Chef Jack Riebel is calling it a “Bavarian winter beer garden.” Sounds tough.

Check it out Sunday during the restaurant’s first annual Boarfest. The all-day Oktoberfest-ish celebration will be feature all of Butcher & the Boar’s favorite things — bourbon, beer, brats and bands. Performing is Tim Mahoney, City on the Make, Jack Brass Band and more. Oktoberfest beers will be flowing and Riebel himself will be grilling the boar brats and shucking oysters.