Porter Road Butcher, Nashville’s only whole-animal butcher, is closing its Charlotte Ave location. They’ll still keep their original shop on Gallatin Ave, which they plan to expand starting in January. They’ll also hold on to their slaughtering facility in Kentucky.
The business wrote in a Facebook post,
As some of you may have read already, we are closing our West Side shop at the end of the month. We want to thank all of the amazing customers who have been patrons of the shop over the last three years. We can’t wait to continuing serving you at our East Side location!
In addition to lots of exciting new plans, we’ll be keeping all of the products and services that our customers have grown to love. Edges Nashville will continue to sharpen knives over on the East Side on the first and second Saturday of every month from 10am-3pm!
This news comes despite its recent award of the Writer’s Choice Best Butcher from Nashville Scene. The issue doesn’t seem to be insufficient patronage at the Charlotte Ave location, though.
“Honestly, we’re overwhelmed. We were stretched too thin,” co-founder Chris Carter told The Tennessean. He also said that he’s had trouble finding top-tier talent to help manage the business, an issue which helped cement their decision to focus on just one retail location.
The butcher has other plans for expansion, though. It will be doubling the size of its Gallatin Ave store while adding more options in the charcuterie case.
The kitchen at the Charlotte Ave location, which prepared ready-to-eat meals, has already been closed for a few months. There’s no word yet on when they’ll close the entire store.