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"So we call the owner the Butcher, but his real name is Bakkar. If you want to avoid small talk and eat in peace, just don't mention podracing. He's crazy for it."
―Salju to Vi Moradi[src]

Bakkar, nicknamed "the Butcher," was a human male who owned the restaurant Ronto Roasters in Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu. A big fan of podracing, Bakkar originally hailed from the planet Tatooine and came from a family that worked as butchers for four generations. Bakkar opened his restaurant with a goal of bringing his famous ronto meat to new customers after moving to Batuu with his droid, 8D-J8.

Bakkar had an unusual way of grilling his meats, utilizing a podracer engine that he purchased and modified. In 34 ABY, 8D-J8's reprogramming that was intended to make the droid man the grill had the side effect of him talking too much; in order to solve the issue, Bakkar contacted the Utai Mubo—8D-J8's original programmer—who eventually agreed to help fix the droid.

Biography[]

Opening a restaurant[]

"This human is a fourth-generation butcher from Tatooine who uses the flames from a modified podracer engine to cook up giant hunks of ronto (a pack animal from his planet) to perfection."
―Strono Tuggs, The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook[src]

Bakkar opened Ronto Roasters.

Bakkar was a fourth-generation butcher who grew up on the planet Tatooine,[2] where his family's specialty was the ronto creature. He was a big fan of the podracing sport even after it was outlawed across the galaxy.[1] He sold different kinds of specialty meats, but like his family, ronto was what he was largely known for. He left Tatooine when he came of age, dreaming of selling his family's famous meat on another Outer Rim Territories planet. Once he had earned enough credits, he bought a smelter droid, 8D-J8,[4] who was later designated as a pitmaster droid. 8D-J8 never left his side.[1]

Bakkar traveled to the Outer Rim planet Batuu, where he bought a podracing engine from Savi & Son Salvage at a fair price that he could use to cook his meats. With his ronto recipe ready to go,[4] he opened a restaurant called Ronto Roasters in the settlement Black Spire Outpost in order to bring the ronto to new customers.[1] Bakkar build a large, elaborate mechanical grill,[4] with 8D-J8 serving as the pitmaster of the restaurant,[1] as Bakkar had had[4] the Utai[1] droid scrapper Mubo reprogram him so that his sole duty was to turn the spit, making sure that the meat was cooked evenly and well.[4]

Bakkar employed several others to help run the establishment along side the droid.[1] The human was a collector of podracing flags, which he displayed in Ronto Roasters despite the sport's banning. He also enjoyed watching reruns of races, showcasing his fandom. Due to his being a butcher, Bakkar was aptly nicknamed "the Butcher."[4]

Best butcher in town[]

"You want to sink your teeth into the most delicious meat in the Outer Rim? Then head on over to the market and talk to Bakkar."
―Strono Tuggs, The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook[src]

The Ronto Wrap was Bakkar's most popular dish.

Bakkar and his pitmaster sold several meats and vegetables at Ronto Roasters, but the establishment's best-selling dish at was the Ronto Wrap,[2] which was made with his signature Clutch Sauce. Ronto Roasters also sold drinks, with Bakkar's signature beverage being the Tatooine Sunset.[1] On multiple occasions, the Artiodac chef Strono Tuggs tried to persuade Bakkar to share his family's secret spice rub for Ronto Wraps, but Bakkar always refused. Tuggs respected it being a secret, but he still attempted to make out the recipe for himself.[2]

In 34 ABY,[5] Tuggs published a cookbook titled The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook. In the book, he discussed Bakkar and his secret recipe while also proclaiming that Bakkar's stand in Black Spire Outpost had the "most delicious" meat one could find in the Outer Rim Territories.[2] The historian Eloc Throno also discussed Bakkar's restaurant and signature dishes in his book Traveler's Guide to Batuu, recommending the food there.[1] Bakkar Spire, a location in Black Spire Outpost, shared its name with Bakkar.[6] In the same year,[7] the local mechanic Salju took Resistance spy Vi Moradi on a tour of Black Spire Outpost that included a visit to Ronto Roasters. Salju told Moradi about Bakkar and his nickname of "the Butcher," and she warned the spy not to bring up podracing around him, as he was "crazy" for it.[8]

In Strono Tuggs's second cookbook, The Life Day Cookbook, the Artiodac included a recipe for an eopie roast made of the eopie creature. While Tuggs had initially been wary of using the eopie's tough meat, after sampling a slice of its rump from Bakkar at Ronto Roasters, he was impressed by how tender Bakkar was able to make it as well as how seemingly magical his special seasoning for it was.[9] As with his ronto seasoning,[2] Bakkar was not quick to share the secret even with a friend such as Tuggs. The chef was only able to obtain the recipe by trading him a vibroknife, which he felt was more than a fair deal.[9]

A troublesome droid[]

"Hey, look, Bakkar. I've reprogrammed 8D-J8 four, five, six times already. You're never happy!"
"Mubo…You need to do it again or I'm going to put a restraining bolt on him."
―Mubo and Bakkar[src]

Bakkar contacted Mubo (pictured).

Also in 34 ABY,[10] Bakkar messaged Mubo, as he was frustrated with Mubo's reprogramming of 8D-J8. Mubo insisted that his job had been done correctly, as the droid turned the spit, but Bakkar told him that his droid refused to stop talking. Mubo asked if Bakkar had tried deactivating and reactivating him in order to fix the issue.[3]

Mubo then reminded Bakkar that he had already reprogrammed 8D-J8 several times and that Bakkar was simply never pleased with the results. Bakkar insisted that another reprogramming was necessary, or he would need to fasten a restraining bolt onto the droid. Mubo beseeched him not to put a bolt on the pitmaster, but Bakkar pointed out that 8D-J8 needed to stop talking as he had begun thinking himself to be a droid chef despite simply being a pitmaster. Mubo relented, and despite being swamped with orders, he told Bakkar that he would stop by later.[3]

Personality and traits[]

"You gotta reprogram this droid, I can't take it anymore!"
―Bakkar[src]

Bakkar had a love for podracing and was willing to talk about it at length,[8] and displayed boyish passion when watching reruns of the sport. He also longed to share his ronto meat with others.[4] He was overwhelmed by his droid's constant talking, and despite the programmer Mubo's resistance to performing yet another reprogramming on 8D-J8, Bakkar's threat of using a restraining bolt on the machine forced the Utai to give in. Bakkar was a human male with light skin, light-colored hair, and dark eyes.[3]

Skills and abilities[]

"There's only one planet to go if you want to taste the best ronto that's ever been cooked—Batuu. At his stand in Black Spire Market, Bakkar the Butcher works his magic roastin' huge ronto shanks under an open flame."
―Strono Tuggs, The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook[src]

Bakkar was a skilled chef, having been a fourth-generation butcher.[2] His dishes were praised in both Traveler's Guide to Batuu[3] and The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook. The latter noted, however, that it was possible that most of the credit could be given to 8D-J8.[2]

Equipment[]

"The most striking feature about Ronto Roasters is not the food at all. Stepping inside, travelers are met by a massive podracer engine haning from the ceiling."
―Eloc Throno, Traveler's Guide to Batuu[src]

Bakkar utilized a podracer engine in place of a traditional cooking grill.[1] He wore blue clothing covered by red-brown robes along with a brown hat.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

Bakkar, as depicted in The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook

Bakkar was created as part of the backstory for the real-world Ronto Roasters restaurant at the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge theme park,[11] which opened in 2019 at Disneyland Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios Park.[12] He then made a full appearance in the Star Wars: Datapad app, which pictured him for the first time.[3]

Although Star Wars: Datapad depicts Bakkar as a man with short, light-colored hair,[3] he is shown with long, brown hair in the 2019 recipe book Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook.[2] As Datapad uses a live-action image[3] as opposed to a drawn illustration, such as the one featured in the cookbook,[2] this article presents Datapad's image as the canonical depiction.

Appearances[]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: Traveler's Guide to Batuu
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Play Disney Parks.png Star Wars: Datapad – "Droid Problems" (Screenshots: 1, 2, 3)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Ronto Roasters has official backstory elements that, while not directly published for the public, are officially canon details that can be obtained verbally from cast members working in the restaurant.
  5. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook establishes that the in-universe book was published at the same time as when the First Order was searching for the Resistance base on Batuu. As that search occurs in Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire, which is set in 34 ABY according to the reasoning here, the cookbook must have been published in 34 ABY.
  6. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge trading cards
  7. The events described of Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire take place in 34 ABY according to the reasoning here.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire
  9. 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: The Life Day Cookbook
  10. The events described in Star Wars: Datapad take place in 34 ABY according to the reasoning here.
  11. GalaxysEdgeLogo icon.png Star Wars: Galaxy's EdgeRonto Roasters
  12. D23 logo.png Disney A to Z: Ronto Roasters on D23.com (backup link)
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