Prime steaks — maybe even kangaroo tails — at TN Meat Co., opening in the spring
A Murfreesboro homebuilder will open West Murfreesboro’s first butcher shop this spring.
Holmes By Design owner Andy Holmes, a self-proclaimed grilling enthusiast, hopes to open TN Meat Co. at 2926 Old Fort Parkway around March 1 — possibly earlier.
“Barbecue is kind of a passion for me. I’ve been to many different places in Texas and Alabama trying to figure out what this city needs. I feel like it’s a huge void (on the side west of town),” Holmes said.
The company’s motto is “good slices at affordable prices,” with an emphasis on prime cuts, exotic meats, and everything needed to prepare a great meal.
“We’re trying to do something a little different,” Holmes said.
Although the culinary arts may seem far removed from home building, a construction project is what led Holmes to open the butcher shop. His company rebuilt the Eagleville Market, which burned down nearly a year ago.
“In the event of a grocery store overhaul, brainstorming and improvement, I said that when we reopen (the store), I want to open a meat shop in Murfreesboro,” Holmes said.
But TN Meat Co. is going to be more than meat and food.
“Our atmosphere is really cool and inviting. We hope people will come in and find something to cook, hang out and get to know each other so that customers can share recipes, ideas and habits,” Holmes said, “and let himself grow that way.”
Holmes expects the product offerings to be as unique as the atmosphere.
“All of our beef will be premium, but we will also offer Wagyu and other exotic meats like buffalo, elk, emu – wild game meat,” Holmes said.
In addition to a line of meats, TN Meat Co. will offer a variety of gifts and home décor such as personalized knives, cutting boards and deli items.
“If you’re going to a housewarming party and you’re thinking, ‘Man, I want to bring something,’ you can get a custom board with a custom knife and decorate it with meat and cheese and leave them the gift. “, said Holmes. noted. “We’ll also have everything you can imagine you’d cook meat with, like iron pans and utensils.”
Holmes also plans to organize events bringing together culinary experts and sommeliers for cooking classes and wine pairings.
“We’ll have a chef there learning how to cook kangaroo tail (for example) and another event where we’ll have a bourbon tasting where you can learn what goes well with wagyu,” Holmes said.
TN Meat Co. will not be a basic chop shop, Holmes said. “I have experienced butchers who will get to know the customers.”
“We want you to come and make sure that’s what you want,” Holmes said.
The opening hours of TN Meat Co., located next to Little Caesar’s on the corner of Old Fort and Gresham Lane, will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Follow the progress on Facebook and Instagram.
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This article originally appeared in the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal: TN Meat Co. may serve kangaroo tail when it opens in the spring