After months of renovation, Proletariat Butchery has moved to Northeast Fremont Street and 62nd Avenue. Founder and chief butcher Zephaniah Shepard celebrated the move by hosting a “Meat & Greet” event on Saturday, April 12. The highlight for most neighbors and friends attending was seeing a whole hog roasting outside the butcher shop’s front door.
Inside, Shepard conducted tours and provided refreshments as artist Blaine Fontana worked on developing a wall mural of an emblematic cleaver. Shepard spoke of looking forward to bicycling to work from his residence in the Sabin Neighborhood to the west. Proletariat Butchery is located where Cully, Rose City Park and Roseway neighborhoods meet.
Conversations among grand opening attendees ranged from the art of raising, slaughtering and curing meat to how the neighborhood north of Northeast Fremont Street seems to be developing. Shepard took orders for cured meats as simple as bacon and as tasty as prosciutto and explained how he will also consult with clients to help them cure their own product. A complete explanation of Shepard’s philosophy is included on his website: proletariatbutchery.com.