Belcampo Meat Co. Adds to Grand Central Market RosterBy Lesley Balla
August 22, 2013
Another winning addition to the Grand Central Market, although that depends on who you ask, is the Belcampo Meat Co., a sustainable meat company and butcher. This will be the first Southern California location for the Bay Area pioneers, with plans to open as early as November. For market fans worried that some of the long-standing vendors will be replaced, Economy Meats will be taking its whole hog heads elsewhere.
Belcampo CEO Anya Fernald tells Daily Dish that this is one of three new locations: one opening at the Santa Barbara Public Market around the same time, and a third that will go live somewhere on LA's Westside next year. The company raises their own animals on their own farms, butchers the meat at their own facilities, and sells it at their own market, and right now that market is in Marin County. The price tag for their products is probably a drop in the bucket up there, but to the regular Downtown denizen or today's Grand Central Market shopper, it might be a bit high. However, Fernald says the shop will have a lot of odd cuts and "fourth-quarter meats," and won't "be just your typical high-income neighborhood mix." Belcampo will also serve prepared food like burgers and hot deli sandwiches, soups, pasta and even menudo. If they can't open by November, she says it will wait until after the holidays.