Saturday, October 31, 2009

Olde Redding Butcher Shoppe

The Olde Redding Butcher Shoppe, a new butcher shop, is now open at 169 Haven Street in Reading. The store is owned by Greg Chesnulovitch, a Reading resident and a former butcher at the defunct Atlantic Super Market. In fact, most, if not all, of their employees also used to work for Atlantic. So they bring many years of experience to this new business.

I spoke with Greg, and he indicated that the butcher shop will be similar in many ways to that which existed in the former Atlantic. He wants to provide quality meats, at reasonable prices, and with excellent customer service. The shop will offer custom cut meat (prime and choice), deli items, and some prepared foods. It is a small store but still relatively well stocked, and willing to do special orders, such as turkeys for Thanksgiving.

On the right wall are the prepackaged meats, including hot dogs, bacon, ham, lamb, chicken, beef, and more. Many of those meats have been cut and packaged on the premises.

On the left side of the store is the first deli case, containing a variety of deli meats, most Boar's Head. Greg felt that brand is the best for most of the deli meats, though he has chosen a few other brands when he felt the meats were better.

The second deli case also contains a variety of home made salads, from tuna salad to potato salad. In addition, they sell hot soups, usually chili and two other soups each day. Plus, they sell sandwiches and subs, from cold cuts to hot subs. You'll find items like BBQ Chicken Breast, Hot Pastrami, Meatball, Chicken Caesar, and Chicken Parmesan.

I tried a Roast Beef and Swiss on a bulkie roll ($3.99) and it had a thick pile of tender and flavorful roast beef. A very good sandwich and I will certainly return to try more of their choices. This could be a convenient place to grab a quick sandwich or sub for lunch or dinner.

Lastly, there is the meat case where you can order whatever amount you desire, from a pound and a half of burgers to three pounds of filet mignon. Prices seem reasonable, such as Sirloin Tips $5.99/lb., Filet Mignon $12.99/lb., and Ground Sirloin $4.99/lb. The meats all looked very good to me. Plus, this case also contains some prepared foods, such as Meat Loaf $4.99/lb., Chicken Cordon Bleu $3.99/lb., and Stuffed Chicken Breast $3.99/lb.

I was pleased with what I found here and also like the fact it is local people, running a small, local business. I think they will excell in customer service and cater well to the local community. Why not stop by and see what they have to offer.


Anonymous said...

This business is a total disgrace. I ordered a holiday roast a week before Christmas. I arrived at the store the morning of the 24th., to find total chaos. I resubmitted my order and was told it would be ready at 2:00 pm. Guess what ? At 2:00pm the store was in complete disaray. My order wasn't ready , nor were the orders of dozens of other customers. Here it is Christmas Eve, 4:00pm I finally get a roast that belongs to some one else because they have no idea who ordered what! The roast I got was the wrong size, but I wasn't willing to wait another two hours. I would reccomend that next year DONT order your holiday roast at OLDE REDDING BUTCHER SHOPPE unlessyou are willing to visit with the ghosts of Christmas past!!!

Richard Auffrey said...

Hello Anonymous:
My experience could not have been any different from yours. I too ordered a holiday roast for Xmas. Mine though was ready on time and I had no issues.

This is also the first time I have heard any complaints about the holiday roast orders.

LifeIsGood said...

I know they had an unfortunate incident with holiday orders. A lot of my friends were affected by it. However, you owe it to yourself to give Olde Redding Butcher Shoppe another try. My friends did, and are very happy they did. We're all regular customers. They're a great addition to the area. Besides, it's good to support the local guys.

jpetitto said...

I love this place! The steaks there are amazing. I have had the wings, chicken fingers for our boys and homemade sausage. The deli is great as well. Where can you find a neighborhood butcher these days? It's a place from a bygone era. The Olde Redding Butcher Shoppe is great.