In the News
The corner meat market is returning to Flagstaff.
The owners of Criollo and Brix are looking to open Proper Meats + Provisions at 101 S. San Francisco Street by Sept. 1.
Just like their restaurants, the shop will focus on locally sourced meats, charcuterie (dried and cured meats) and other local sauces and delicacies, said David Smith, one of the co-owners in the project. His partners are Laura and Paul Moir.
The original idea was to attract more local ranchers to the market in Flagstaff, Smith said. Criollo and Brix pride themselves on supporting local farmers and ranchers.
And many of the restaurant’s customers have come to expect and even demand local meat and produce, he said.
But in order to get their products to the restaurants, the ranchers have to drive their stock down to remote processing plants — the closest is in Cottonwood — then truck it back up to Flagstaff, where it will be made into choice cuts at the store.
More retail sales might lower the costs and entice others to try the Flagstaff market.
“We’re hoping this will make it easier to attract local producers,” Smith said.
But as the group started thinking more about the shop, they decided to offer the same selection of choice local meats they serve at their restaurants. This would give local ranchers yet another local market for their product. . . . [ read more ]