Heart & Trotter Butchery To Open In North Park On March 7 With A Grand Opening Party On March 14

March 6, 2015

A year and a half after the Kickstarter campaign for The Heart & Trotter Whole Animal Butchery reached its goal of $50,000 with the support of local San Diegans, the doors are ready to be open at 2855 El Cajon Boulevard in North Park on March 7 with a grand opening pig roast scheduled for on March 14.

“It’s been a long road to get to this point and we couldn’t be more excited to finally open our doors to everyone, especially those who have shown their support for the past year, ” said founder and head butcher James Holtslag.

The Heart & Trotter, San Diego’s only whole animal butcher shop, will be located at 2855 El Cajon Boulevard on the corner of Utah Street. The butchery’s mission is to provide locally-sourced, sustainable meats that are free of any chemicals, hormones or antibiotics. To keep in practice with maintaining a sustainable program, the butchery plans to use every part of the animal, from nose-to-tail.

To begin, The Heart & Trotter will be selling cuts of lamb, beef, chicken and pork with the occasional harder to find meats such as duck and rabbit. The butchery will be able to use every part of the animal by creating and offering dishes at their shop such as headcheese, rillettes, pates and even dog food when possible. Other locally-made artisanal dry food products will also be available for sale in the shop.

The grand opening on March 14 will begin at 3pm with an open-air, whole pig roast in their parking lot outside the shop. As a thank you to everyone who has supported them and been keeping an eye on their progress, the team will be serving pork tacos to anyone who comes by to see the shop and meet The Heart & Trotter team.

“Not only are we excited to open, but we are looking forward to evolving the business to offer beer, wine and sandwiches,” said co-founder, Trey Nichols.

Moving forward, founders Holtslag and Nichols plan on offering a sandwich of the day, adding a patio with seating around the outside corner of the building and having local beer and wine available. They have already applied for a beer and wine license to be able to sell both from their storefront.

For more information, visit theheartandtrotter.com.