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Belcampo Meat Co. closing in Palo Alto

Uploaded: Feb 15, 2019
Hyper-sustainable meat company Belcampo is closing its Palo Alto and San Francisco locations to make way for its first commissary kitchen and a major new project in San Mateo.

Belcampo Meat Co. announced the news on Friday. The location at Town & Country Village on El Camino Real will stop serving cooked food on Feb. 18 and close for good on March 2.

The meat case at Belcampo Meat Co. in Palo Alto, which will close in March. Photo by Ciera Pasturel.

The company plans to open the commissary kitchen in San Francisco this spring, then a 7,000-square-foot flagship restaurant at the Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo this summer "as part of a new growth strategy for Northern California," the announcement reads.

The shift will allow Belcampo to focus on growing other parts of its business: e-commerce, food delivery and "large-format premier dining experiences," the company said. CEO and co-founder Anya Fernald told the San Francisco Chronicle that Belcampo's delivery numbers have gone up by 25 to 40 percent year over year. They plan to deliver cooked food out of the commissary kitchen "to homes all over the city," Fernald said in the announcement.

Fernald, a Palo Alto native, opened the first Belcampo butcher shop and restaurant in Larkspur in 2012. Belcampo raises all its animals at a 20,000-acre Mount Shasta farm, takes them to a 20,000 square-foot slaughterhouse designed by renowned animal science doctor Temple Grandin just 20 minutes from the farm and butchers all the meat by hand rather than machine.

Belcampo opened in Palo Alto in 2014, at the time part of a retail expansion push in Northern and Southern California.

There are now eight Belcampo locations, including in Oakland, Santa Monica and Los Angeles, and plus a forthcoming New York City outpost opening next month.

"It's bittersweet for me -- we have had an great run in both our Peninsula and San Francisco locations but we could not be more thrilled to partner with Bohannon Development Company and bring the Belcampo experience to the Hillsdale Shopping Center," Fernald said in the announcement.

The San Mateo Belcampo will be a "fine casual" restaurant serving organic, humanely raised meat sourced directly from Belcampo's farm. It will also have a retail butcher case where customers can buy packaged meats, fresh cuts and cured meats.

The meat-centric restaurant will join a host of new dining options at Hillsdale Shopping Center, where Uncle Tetsu Japanese Cheesecake, Midici the Neapolitan Pizza Company, Blue Whale Poke Bar and Grill, Tacos El Grullense, Kuro-Obi (a quick-service offshoot of New York's popular Ippudo Ramen) and Sarku Japan have recently opened.

Stop by the Palo Alto Belcampo during its last week to get a farewell "goodie bag" with e-commerce discounts, complimentary products and Belcampo gift cards.
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Posted by Town and Country is too $$$, a resident of Midtown,
on Feb 15, 2019 at 3:39 pm

Did the rent prices at Town and Country have anything to do with its closing?

Everything is getting so expensive at that mall, and there is so much turnover that I can't keep up with the store openings/closings.

The only affordable place left is Trader Joe's.

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Posted by Michael O., a resident of Stanford,
on Feb 15, 2019 at 4:00 pm

@Town and Country is too $$$: The only affordable place left is Trader Joe's? Belcampo was affordable? Umm....

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Posted by Longtime Menlo Parker, a resident of Menlo Park: other,
on Feb 15, 2019 at 4:11 pm

I hate to say it, but I'm not sad to see them go. About a year ago, we finally visited this place after passing by many times while at Town & Country. The friendly salesperson behind the counter kept hyping the skirtsteak which was on sale. When we got it home, it smelled OK but tasted "off" after grilling it. My husband surmised it was old, and therefore on special. And even the sale price wasn't a bargain. We never went back.

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Posted by Theoneandonly, a resident of College Terrace,
on Feb 16, 2019 at 1:58 pm

Good their cooked food tasted horrible and $10 at that. The meat was also expensive. Trader Joe's has the same quality meat and not as costly.

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Posted by Show Me the Beef, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis,
on Feb 16, 2019 at 3:38 pm

Duca Hanley (Midtown) & United Meat Market (California Avenue) were two of the best butcher shops in PA. Old timers will remember them. Sawdust on the floor & the butchers trimmed the fat. Add JJ&F (College Terrace) to the list as well.

Hard to find a good meat specific market these days. Dittmer's (Los Altos) is pretty good as is Schaubs (Stanford Shopping Center) but kind of expensive.

Miss the old Race Street Fish & Poultry as well.

Eating out of the Safeway Meat Dept. doesn't quite cut it.

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