It's a somewhat surprising sustainable meat shuffle in San Francisco, as Ryan Farr hands over the keys of his Mission 4505 Meats Butcher Shop to Belcampo Meat Co.
The petite, neighborhood butcher shop has been open for three years, selling Farr's sustainable meats, including their super popular hot dogs and sausages. Citing "complications" with operating the company's commissary kitchen that supplies the butcher shop, Farr said that the focus will shift to his restaurant, 4505 Burgers & BBQ, farmer's market stands and wholesale operations (currently supplying hot dogs and chicarrones to retailers like Whole Foods around the Bay Area).
Though fans (and Farr) will be sad to see the butcher shop go the way of the dodo, there is some consolation in the fact that a similar-minded meat company will be taking over the location. The diminutive shop will be the fourth location for the rapidly expanding Belcampo, which currently has locations in San Francisco, Larkspur and Palo Alto (plus two in LA and one in Santa Barbara). It's not a hostile takeover, according to Belcampo CEO Anya Fernald, who says "[Ryan and I] have always been very friendly and supportive of each other." For his part, Farr shares the sentiment, telling Inside Scoop "What they're doing in the meat world makes me feel really good about moving on to other things."
Doors to the 4505 Meats shop will close July 26, with plans for Belcampo to reopen by August 1. Not much about the space will change, except for the selection of meat products, a new sign and some minor upgrades. Unlike Belcampo's other locations, there will not be a dining component, though there will be reheatable meals to take home.