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Sanagan's Meat Locker (176 Baldwin)

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on August 16, 2012

Sanagan's Meat LockerSanagan's Meat Locker has made its new, 5,000-square-foot debut. Owner Peter Sanagan made the announcement earlier this summer that he would be moving his shop into the former European Meats space, and opening day has now arrived. That's right — lots of that mouth-watering maplewood smoked bacon, and plenty of room to gawk.

Sanagan's Meat LockerOf course, the new and more spacious Sanagan's features more than just the old faithfuls. Its exterior facade, for starters, boasts a rustic-chic new look with a barn board sign and bold lettering, which juxtaposes the striped green and white awning of the former European Meats. Peter tells me he questioned going the barn board route (which also decorates some of the interior accents), seeing as its "in use" nowadays, but felt it ultimately spoke best to the "local farm focus" proudly toted by Sanagan's.

Sanagan's Meat LockerThat farm focus now has much more room to boast. With a space that's more than 12 times the square footage of the former digs, Sanagan's raw meat counter has ample space to show off its Ontario Harvest striploins ($17.99/lb) and Everspring Farms duck breasts ($14.99/lb). Most everything is labelled with the name of the source farm, with an emphasis on grass-fed beef and hormone-free meats.

Sanagan's Meat LockerAnd the additional room, too, means Sanagan's has expanded its spread, incorporating a sandwich and take-out corner, as well as a deli counter with house-prepared terrines, stocks, and vacuum-sealed Metzger meats. The list of sandwiches (for now, written on a giant roll of butcher paper) includes options such as pulled pork and kimchee, roast beef, and roast chicken, all of which are priced at $7.00. The counter also offers whole rotisserie chickens for $13.49, a daily soup ($3.50), and daily salad ($3.50).

Sanagan's Meat LockerThis changeover from European Meats to Sanagan's came rather quickly, as Peter took possession just over two months ago. He was approached by the building's new owner, Frank Lu, who operates Essence of Life just around the corner. Peter tells me he had always wanted to incorporate a prepared food counter and expanded deli into the Sanagan's concept, so the opportunity from Lu seemed a perfect fit.

Sanagan's Meat Locker"Obviously, we still have a lot more to bring in," he says, adding that he plans to bulk up the shop's selection of rilletes, mousses, stocks, and more in the next few weeks. "But for now, I think we're off to a good start."

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Mike / August 16, 2012 at 03:05 pm
I really like Sanagan's, like, a whole lot. But I will admit that I do miss European Meats being there.
Jeff / August 16, 2012 at 04:51 pm
European Meats had a harsh vibe.
Tso / August 16, 2012 at 04:54 pm
Love Sanagan's. I'm relieved a local spot snapped up this huge space.
Sophia / August 16, 2012 at 05:37 pm
That sign is gorgeous
P / August 16, 2012 at 07:34 pm
Strange that my earlier comment was deleted?! Anyway, what I said was:

Great to see them move into a larger area - the quality of the produce was great every time I bought from them in the old location. Exterior looks awesome, and I look forward to checking it out.

Perhaps the BlogTO editors should really read comments before deleting...
Binky / August 16, 2012 at 08:45 pm
Here comes the future.
Elizabeth / August 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm
Love Sanagan's. Great meats, and I'm excited about all the other offerings too!
EJ / August 16, 2012 at 10:44 pm
Love Sanagan's and can't wait to check out the new digs!
MP / August 17, 2012 at 10:12 am
did they leave European's old sign up?

if not, you might want to read-up on the concept of juxtaposition.

MP / August 17, 2012 at 10:12 am
great images though!
pz / August 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm
what's the pricing compared to European Meats?? Frick, I need a new cheap(ish) butcher once in a while! Not sure Sanagan's will fit the bill...
Robert / August 18, 2012 at 11:59 am
All the best to Sanagan's, which is a great business, but I will miss European.
embassy / August 18, 2012 at 06:03 pm
Congratulations guys! I stopped by the other day and it looks amazing! well done! Your pulled pork and kimchi sandwich really hit the lunch spot! ...and we ended up getting jerk chicken for dinner too, which is always tasty! wish you all the best!
aycaramba / August 20, 2012 at 01:44 pm
Thank goodness. European Meats were praised so much for their unpalatable sausages. Can't wait to buy real meat there!
SD / August 21, 2012 at 06:50 pm
The sandwiches are great, but the fries here are absolutely unreal!
min / August 22, 2012 at 10:06 am
Great news, Congrats on the move. Gave them a small freezer order recently as we live outside T.O. Heard about Sanagans through the grapevine. Staff are so passionate about customer service and know their stuff. Everyting was individually vacuum packed and ready to use. Great quality,
Worth the drive to Toronto.
Acon / October 20, 2012 at 12:19 am
LOVE THIS PLACE!!! Have been a loyal customer since they first opened their little shop just a few doors down.

The duck, chicken, beef, rabbit, sausages, beef heart, chicken livers, quails, and wild boar are all spectacular :)

Prices are great for the quality that you get and if you're on a budget then skip the venison and lamb.
DC / February 15, 2013 at 10:55 pm
Over priced and poor butchering skills !!!! No master butchers here. Looks like a bunch students selling local meat !!!!
Sir / May 25, 2013 at 07:15 pm
Warning: not good at all for sausages. Either too hot with no flavour or some too strong herb/spice flavour. Nothing subtle or craftsmanly. Mostly, very greasy and unpalatable. We have gone three or four times and been disappointed. Threw away the last batch we made. So greasy and sub-par. I wanted to like them, great philosophy, passionate etc. But dreadful for sausages. I will look for another store.
Bruce Lessard / November 25, 2013 at 06:09 pm
the deli is awesome although service is slow as for the meat counter and the service in general awesome the food definitely worth waiting for love it
GRBY / April 21, 2014 at 04:34 pm
I had a duck meatball sandwich there 2 weeks ago. Very slow service, but the sandwich was incredible. I loved it. I look forward to going back soon.
kathy / October 1, 2014 at 09:58 am
Perhaps another the East end eventually?? :))
takeaway / August 27, 2015 at 07:03 am

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