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May 4, 2011 09:29 PM

the Harry G. Ochs & Sons butcher shop has left Reading Terminal Market

Wow they have been there since 1906. Good luck in your new digs!

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  1. I would have never targeted Main Street in Manayunk as the ideal place for a butcher shop. Hopefully they'll do well!

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    1. re: Laura D.

      I'm guessing he took he could get given that he's nearly a quarter million dollars in debt. This is a big loss for the Terminal. I fear that the current management wants to steer RTM towards more of a food court than a market, but it's hard to say if this is part of a trend given the big financial problems Ochs has.

      So where else can we get prime beef in Center City and surrounds?

      1. re: barryg

        Sonny D'Angelo's, DiBruno's CC (I think) and, strangely, Ippolito's had wegu beef last weekend...go figure

        1. re: Bigley9

          My late great-uncle, a longtime CC resident and Ochs regular, used to dis on DiBruno's for carrying choice rather than prime (followed by a lecture on the differences between the two). I will investigate and hope they have prime and that their price is fair.

          1. re: barryg

            Though I hope D'Angelo gets a nice chunk of Ochs' business, he's been through hell with the city and I want him to do well--and maybe get some staff and refresh the joint a bit.

        2. re: barryg

          I'm pretty sure that the RTM has specific rules about what percentage of the market can be prepared foods/food court vs markets. At least that's what the director said, maybe 8 years ago when I saw him speak. It's possible that these have been relaxed, but I know it was a goal to keep it a market first.

          It's tough, though, that's one of those things that you can only regulate so much before market (economic market) conditions start to decide whom can afford to be there.

          1. re: urbanfabric

            Costco in King of Prussia has a pretty good selection of some Prime Beef. More than one kind of steak, but oddly enough, not tenderloin, which I guess does not have to be Prime to be tender. Fair pricing, but almost double the price of their Choice grades.

            I've been more than satisfied with those Prime Rib Eye and T-Bone steaks I've gotten there.