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Sanagan's is moving in to old European Meats space

Posted by Tim / June 12, 2012

SanagansThe European Quality Meats space in Kensington Market now has a new tenant and it's going to be another butcher. Last night, Peter Sanagan announced on his blog that he's moving his popular butcher shop a few doors east to 176 Baldwin Street. If all goes according to plan the new shop should be up and running by August.

The fact that a popular discount butcher is being replaced with a popular artisanal butcher will likely go unnoticed by nobody, least of all those worried about gentrification (or something like it) in Kensington. But those concerns should be unfounded. While Sanagan's may be relatively new to the market, it is a quintessential Kensington business - family owned and offering a great (often local) product at fair prices.

But perhaps even more exciting than the news itself are the plans that Sanagan has revealed for the space. More room means more products and services. In the tradition of European Meats he's going to have a hot sandwich counter as well as offer terrines, pates, rilletes, cretons, galantines, mousses, stocks, jus, soups, and other prepared foods. As he writes on his blog, the move will allow him to grow as a butcher and offer more grass-fed beef, Berkshire pork, locally produced hams, prosciutto, salami, smoked meats, roast beef and service more restaurant customers too. He also promises a fantastic collection of locally sourced sauces, pickles, mustards and sauerkrauts.

Photo by Neil Ta in the blogTO Flickr pool



Mike / June 12, 2012 at 09:15 am
A sizeable, potentially risky expansion by a local business who deserves our support. Can't wait for the move.
Pk / June 12, 2012 at 09:15 am
That's great news for Sanagan's and the neighborhood as a whole. Looking forward to stopping by the new location. Congratulations!
Brandon / June 12, 2012 at 09:15 am
Best Kensington-related news I've heard in a long time! Can't wait to try their sandwiches. Especially if they involve their orgasmic maple smoked bacon. :D
Jill / June 12, 2012 at 10:14 am
VERY excited about this! Love Sanagans!
James / June 12, 2012 at 11:30 am
Sanagan's is definitely an admirable local business, but i'm dissappointed that only freshmart has attempted to fill the gap left by EMM's departure. And their meat counter is still pretty pathetic. The lack of reasonably priced options in the Market (because Sanagan's IS expensive) has forced this not-too-well-to-do Kensington resident to do my meat shopping at Loblaw's on Queen, of all places...not cool! So Sanagan's, maybe your bigger space could include room for some less pricey cuts??
Carlos / June 12, 2012 at 11:41 am
This is great news! Won't it be nice to have someone selling "quality meats" out of that fantastic space? I will definitely cross the city to support this endeavour and wish Sanagan's the best of luck. Their meat may cost a buck or two more, but the difference in flavour is undeniable!
June Bailey replying to a comment from James / June 12, 2012 at 01:36 pm
How is Freshmart filling the gap left by EQM's departure? EQM never sold old, brown meat.
danielle / June 12, 2012 at 01:42 pm
Chris / June 12, 2012 at 02:35 pm
Such good news! This is very exciting. Quality happy meat in a shop that doesn't feel like a revolving door. Can't wait for the terrines!
Security Window Film / June 12, 2012 at 03:14 pm
I love the European Meat Market though I only get to visit it once a month at most. Great addition to an already great meat outlet
Gary / June 12, 2012 at 04:08 pm
I love Sanagan's and hated European Meats. I thought their meat was terrible and the service was a nightmare. Sanagan's offers excellent meat and good value for what they sell. At least 30% cheaper on average than their direct competitors (Cumbrae's, Ollife's etc.) There are cheap meat options all aroundthe neighbourhood. Kensington is right in the middle of Chinatown, so if you don't care about the whole locavore thing, there are lots of good cheap cuts of meat to be had.
krzysztof / June 12, 2012 at 04:12 pm
congrats guys! youll do great! we will continue our suppport!
liz / June 12, 2012 at 04:14 pm
Super excited for you guys!!!! congratulations on the move! can't wait to eat absolutely everything!!!
Jamie replying to a comment from James / June 12, 2012 at 05:31 pm
If Sanagan's is too expensive for you, why don't you try the butcher just down the street on Kensington instead of Freshmart or Loblaws? Or like Gary suggested, Chinatown.

Or even better: Eat less meat, and make it of better quality.
Loïc / June 13, 2012 at 11:43 am
congrats and best wishes!
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