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Restaurant supply store/beef market store open to public?

dcfoodie36 Jan 19, 2014 04:41 PM

In my hometown, we had a great restaurant supply store which also sold amazing cuts of beef at a discount and was open to the public. Is there anywhere in the VA or MD area like that?

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    wayne keyser Jan 19, 2014 09:48 PM

    Restaurant Depot in Alexandria. I believe they require you to have a business license, but it can be any kind of business, whether restaurant or auto-parts store. Plus, things might have changed - call them and ask.

    Here, like all wholesalers, their main desire is not to have to hold your hand ... they don't want returns, they don't want to have to show you where things are (there's a map). But their meats are good and their cookware will withstand an atomic bomb.

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      dcfoodie36 Jan 21, 2014 03:03 PM

      Thanks so much! I went on the website and they do require you to have a business license, but according to several reviews they seem pretty lax about it. Going to call this week and inquire more about their policy. Thanks again.

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        wayne keyser Jan 21, 2014 10:01 PM

        Ask 'em what you need to show them. Or get a friend who can show them a business license to go on your first visit.

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          Tamikay Jan 24, 2014 07:34 PM

          Hi there! I was wondering if you had attempted the visit to the R. Depot as I have been dying to go but trying to figure out how to!!

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            dcfoodie36 Jan 26, 2014 08:54 AM

            I have not tried yet, but am going to try next weekend and will report back on what I find! I need to get in. :-)

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              wayne keyser Jan 26, 2014 12:42 PM

              Check their monthly sale flyer for a view of the sorts of things you'll find.


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          MikeR Jan 22, 2014 05:30 PM

          I only went to Restaurant Depot a few times a year, primarily to buy big bags of charcoal for about half what it cost at the hardware store. Then the price crept up and it was no longer worth the trip. I noticed that I hadn't received their monthly mailing in a while, went to their web site, and found that my membership number could no longer be found.

          I think I brought them a business license, but a friend of mine got an account with a letter from an institution for which she organizes food for after-parities.

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          Hue Jan 20, 2014 09:44 AM

          Try SYSCO Foods on RTE 1 in Jessup MD...Mostly institutional!!But open to the public

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            flavrmeistr Jan 21, 2014 12:51 AM

            Chefs Choice in Frederick. Open to the public. Order ahead.

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              dcfoodie36 Jan 21, 2014 03:04 PM

              Thank you! Looks great. Going to check it out.

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