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Rare Steakhouse, on the Capitol Square in downtown Madison, brings back the lost art of in-house butchering and dry-aging its prime beef, a practice no longer seen in many steakhouses.
Owner Jack Sosnowski wanted his flagship brand to re-create the nostalgic, romantic feeling of the great American steakhouses that used to command attention in cities across the country
The concept has caught on. Sosnowski opened the third Rare location last fall in Washington, DC. A second location in Milwaukee has been open since June 2016.
The prime beef for the restaurants comes from Whittingham Meats, a family-owned purveyor from the south side Chicago.
“They are a small business, just like us, supplying some of the best prime meat in the country,” Sosnowski said. “With steak at the heart of our business, their quality ensures we are at our best.”
Things have come a long way since Sosnowski and his wife Julie opened their first business, The Ivory Room Piano Bar, in 2006 when he was just 25-years-old. Today, Jack is CEO of Noble Chef Hospitality, parent company of the three Rare locations, The Ivory Room Piano Bar, the Buck & Badger, the Wisconsin Brewing Company Tap House and the Freiburg Gastropub. They reside in Madison with their three children, the youngest having just arrived this past October.
14 W. Mifflin St., 608-204-9000