TONY Palmieri, a familiar face to Midland shoppers who like gourmet meat, has recently sold his business Tony’s House of Tender Meats after three decades in business.
Mr Palmieri has handed the award-winning meat recipes over to the new owner, butcher Grant Fraser, who was previously co-owner of The Corner Butcher in Morley for the past seven years.
Mr Fraser took over the Midland location, synonymous with specialist sausages and steak, two months ago.
“We will still be doing the sausage specials and the staff have all stayed on, including Tony,” Mr Fraser said.
Mr Palmieri has been in Midland for 28 years and did his apprenticeship at Mondo’s Butchers in the ’80s.
He sold the business to spend more time with his wife Rosanna, his adult children and grandchildren, but will still work Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
“The customers have become like family to me and I know everybody that comes here,” Mr Palmieri said.
Mr Fraser said he was keen to continue in the same vein as Mr Palmieri, sourcing local chicken from Bindoon, lamb from Bunbury, and venison and game from local suppliers.
“Sausages and steak, like scotch and rump, are still the best sellers,” Mr Fraser said.
“The award-winning sausage recipes that Tony has developed will be continued in store.”
Testimony to his great service, Mr Palmieri said there would be some specials offered to ease the blow for customers coming to term with the news that the store had new owners.
As this is the time many customers make their own sausages, “we are offering sausage skins for $25 a bundle, pork meat for $10kg and lamb shanks for $12.50kg and bacon bones for $4.50”, Mr Palmieri said.