Noooooooo !!! - Major Meatdown - RIP Rick's Quality Meat
I'm too distressed to even give it the tribute it deserves. I need to mourn a while first. From an email I received today..
"You may want to stop by Rick's for one last look. As soon as he sells out his stock, he's gone. Maybe a week. I was there today and some couple was poking around, looking at buying.
Apparently he's had it up for sale for a long time, maybe more than a year.
I stopped by on Monday and heard the news. The health board forced him to "smoke" his meat directly which lowered his capacity by the tune of maybe 800 dollars a week out of his pocket. That and a handful of other things, like finding good employees so he doesn't have to work 60 hour weeks snapped his back and he is DONE. I think he's just plain tired of it all too. So, he's going to do commercial only accounts out of Oakland."
This is terrible news. I have never tried Rick's meats. A friend at work and I were discussing it earlier this week. She's always saying she's going to stop and pick some up (she lives in El Cer). This week she said she was going to try it with the idea of getting large amounts to serve at an upcoming party. RATS RATS AND DOUBLE RATS!
Sad news indeed .... it was a good business to have in the neighborhood. Wish him the best in his new endeavors.
Just got back from getting myself a sammich and a little beef roast. It's really odd to see the stock in the cooler at 60 to 70% capacity. The beef liver tray is empty and clean with a hook poised. The layers of bacon have been greatly reduced. The hotdogs are no longer being sold one at a time, you gotta buy 5 pounds at a time. Customers are regularly walking in and reading the signs, "Butcher Retiring" and asking, "What does that mean?" All sad.
Did you get the pictures of Rick's that you planned? I've been, uh, neglecting my Chowhound mailbox lately.
I just couldn't go to Rick's. I want to remember it as it was ... but ... was anything smoked available?