The table's cut-off end has not been presented to Sally for final stain selection. Tony, the painter, should have the counter stained and finished mid next week.
We think it is important to understand the choice you are making when selecting the finish that you will use should you decide on a wood or butcher block counter top
Finishing practices for wood furniture and cabinetry, although very durable, are not considered food safe. For more information, read Fine Woodworking magazine's article with the pros and cons of food safe finishes.