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True Blue Butcher and Table will bring ‘time honored tradition’ to old Pembroke’s spot

Pembroke's was recently sold by owner James Doss; the sale will hand the space over to former Landfall chef Bob Zimmerman. (Port City Daily photo / BENJAMIN SCHACHTMAN)
Pembroke’s was recently sold by owner James Doss; the sale will hand the space over to former Landfall chef Bob Zimmerman. (Port City Daily photo / BENJAMIN SCHACHTMAN)

WILMINGTON — True Blue Butcher and Table, a new restaurant and full service butcher counter, is set to open in the Pembroke’s location.

Pembroke’s chef and owner James Doss recently decided to close Pembroke’s to focus on RX, his downtown restaurant. Doss sold the location to Bobby Zimmerman, a former Landfall chef who has spent the last four years working for Pate Dawson and Southern Foods, a wholesale operation that supplies many of the restaurants in town.

Zimmerman said the new restaurant will feature breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast will be served daily and is intended to remind guests of “Parisian corner bistros,” Zimmerman said.

Lunch will include made-from-scratch toasted sandwiches, gratins, broths and vegetable dishes. Zimmerman said lunch is designed to be quick and affordable without sacrificing detail or personal service. Dinner will be a more extensive affair, with snacks, cheese and charcuterie plates, as well as aged steaks, chops and seafood.

True Blue will also feature a raw bar, with local and imported oysters, tuna and Wagyu beef shashimi. According to Zimmerman, the raw bar menu will be served at half price from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

On Sundays, the restaurant will hold a brunch service and a Sunday Supper.

A unique feature of the restaurant will be True Blue’s in-house butcher counter, a “time honored tradition,” according to Zimmerman. The butcher will feature certified Angus Beef and USDA Prime, as well as American and Japanese Wagyu. Butchers will be on hand to help customers “pick the perfect size and cuts.”

Zimmerman added that the butcher counter will also feature artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, house-made pastas, pastries, and local and imported specialty goods.

“The mission behind True Blue Butcher and Table is to bring back the romance between artisan and neighborhood,” Zimmerman said. “The artisan enriching his community patrons with his trade secrets is a deeply meaningful connection to me. I have spent my entire life surrounded by amazing food and even more amazing food people. There are not many things better than sharing an appreciation of food with your friends, family and neighbors.”

True Blue plans to open with a full bar in mid-January, 2018. The butcher counter will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dining hours will be:

  • Breakfast: Daily, 8 – 11 a.m.
  • Lunch: Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Dinner: Wednesday – Saturday 5 – 9 p.m.
  • Brunch: Sunday 11 – 3 p.m.

True Blue Butcher and Table will be located in the old Pembroke’s location at The Forum, 1125-A Military Cutoff Road.

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