From left, Butter owners Alex and Danielle Lamphier, presenting food from the Nob Hill restaurant’s menu. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)



Comfort is key at new Nob Hill eatery, a new restaurant on 3619 Copper NE.

Although Danielle’s late grandmother can’t see the opening, her recipe will live on – repurposed as a meatball sub.

“I wish she was here,” Danielle said. “She would be an amazing little spitfire in the kitchen.”

The restaurant, which has its soft opening on Friday, is a family affair. Butter is owned and operated by Danielle and her daughter, Alex Lamphier, co-owner of Meateor Burgers in the 505 Central Food Hall. And, Danielle’s mom will help in the kitchen on occasion.

“No one makes it like nonna makes it,” Danielle said.

The initial menu concept looked very different. Culinary school graduate Alex was imagining something “fancy, shareable and … elevated.”

But the original menu didn’t seem right. The mother-daughter duo decided to change course and focus on comfort foods instead.

“When we were first thinking about this place, the menu was not that – and it was very difficult and stressful … ,” Alex said. “And what we were going to do is completely different than what we’re doing now. So it feels good. It’s not so scary.”

The soft opening menu will include fresh bread with compound butter, broccoli cheese soup and a variety of sandwiches. When the restaurant has its grand opening in October, the pair will debut an expanded menu.