Another longtime Kensington butcher bites the dust

Another longtime Kensington butcher bites the dust

(Image: James Saper/Flickr) (Image: James Saper/Flickr)
 

Anyone strolling through Kensington Market recently may have noticed a conspicuous lack of goat heads and sheep carcasses hanging in the window of Kensington Meats, the decades-old butcher shop at 63 Kensington Avenue. That’s because the little storefront—known for its low prices and dependable inventory of less-popular cuts (ears, testicles)—appears to have closed. It’s the second old-school market butcher to shut down in the past few years, the other being European Quality Meats and Sausages, which ended its 50-year run in 2012. Around that time, Kensington Meats owner Elizabeth Manso told the Grid that business had slowed, but that she hoped things would pick up. Apparently, that didn’t happen. With the shop’s closure, there are now just two dedicated meat sellers in the market: Segovia on Augusta (known for its expansive chorizo selection) and Sanagan’s, everyone’s favourite hipster butcher.