Butcher shop to provide local meats and products
November 22, 2013
According to Tom Richardson, Star Meat & Grocer was the last authentic butcher shop in Park City, and it closed in 1956. Park City Meat & Provisions hopes to fill that void.
Richardson, Jeff Little and Chuck Lamb have come together to open a business in Park City Plaza that will supply local Summit County Beef, Morgan Valley lamb, Gold Creek Ranch pork, Buffalo Run Ranch buffalo, Main Street poultry and Wight Family Farm turkeys. Lamb said rattlesnake, ostrich and alligator will also be available for purchase.
"We’re going to carry the Black Angus Choice line of meat. Basic T-bone and ribeye steaks and prime will be available as well," Lamb said. "We’ll also have a good selection of fresh fish, frozen seafood, lobster, crab, shrimp and scallops."
The shop will also have a small "farmer’s market" in the back corner where products from local purveyors who Richardson said are usually at the Canyons or Park Silly farmers’ markets will be available for purchase.
"Teri and I were at Lake Cuomo once and passed through this shop in a village where people could walk in and get their pasta, meat, potatoes and whatever else they needed for the day," Richardson said. "We hope our shop will provide that for locals."
The three men and their wives Teri Richardson, Jill Little and Annie Lamb said they want their butcher shop to be a place where locals can come panic or stress.
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They will provide services like seasoning, marinating, tenderizing and spicing meats, and if customers don’t see something they want or need, Lamb said they can order it.
When Richardson and Little were envisioning their venture, they realized they needed a real butcher. Lamb has worked as a butcher at Albertson’s and Smith’s, and he hopes to provide friendly customer service like he used to provide as a bartender.
"It’s an old craft that has kind of been lost over the years, like your local barkeep," Little said. "You had your local butcher shop, your local bartender, and Chuck fulfills both of those for us."
Richardson said he is aware that opening a butcher shop is a gamble, but he said he and his partners are excited to offer customers a place where they can unwind and shoot the breeze with a friendly, local team.
The three owners all live in Park City having moved here originally because of the ski industry. Richardson and his wife settled in Park City after moving their store "Beadniks" to Redstone from back east and now owns Summit County Beef and a marketing company called Park City Local Card.
Little came to Park City in 1989 "to be a ‘ski bum’" and met his wife at the University of Utah. They moved to Park City to raise a family, and he is now the Senior Vice President of Payvana, a payment processing platform, and owner of the "Doo Crew" company.
Lamb said he made the move to Park City in 1987 to be a "ski bum" as well and worked as a butcher and bartender, "off and on in the service industry for 20 plus years in Park City."
Together, they said they hope to provide a place for locals to have a pleasant, personalized shopping experience.
"The motto of our shop is ‘Quality meats, local goods, great service,’ and that’s what we want to provide," Richardson said. "We’re going to have such a great, friendly team of local butchers that people will be able to walk in here and be treated like a special customer." Park City Meat & Provisions
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