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This Chef-Favorite Northern California Pork Purveyor Is Shutting Down After 162 Years

Rancho Llano Seco, the historic Chico butcher, is closing in early October

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Rancho Llano Seco pork ribs glazed in house-made Japanese curry sauce at Ethel’s Fancy.
Lance Yamamoto
Paolo Bicchieri is a reporter at Eater SF writing about Bay Area restaurant and bar trends, coffee and cafes, and pop-ups.

After 162 years of raising quality meat and providing Bay Area residents with phenomenal sirloin and pork, Chico butcher Rancho Llano Seco will close in October. The team behind the legendary business took to Instagram to let fans know that “inflating costs, prolonged drought, and the war in Ukraine” are the primary reasons behind the decision to shut down operations. Customers can place orders through October 3, and the business will pop up at its usual markets for the last time on Wednesday, September 20, and Saturday, October 14.

The news is a major blow to NorCal restaurants as — especially after it came to light that fellow meat producers Belcampo were violating numerous health and safety laws — Rancho Llano Seco was one of the key players of the Northern California food system. The ranch in the Sacramento Valley was a practitioner of sustainable farming including raising confinement-free pigs and intercropping with walnuts and beans, making it a go-to order for restaurants throughout the region. Sacramento’s Shoki’s Ramen, Gyoza & Koji; Palo Alto’s Ethel’s Fancy; and Oakland’s 4505 Burgers & BBQ, among many others, were all proud to cite the farm’s products on their menus.

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