Get ready to specialty sausage party, St Kilda. Chef-restaurateur Andrew McConnell (Cumulus Inc, Supernormal, et al) and ex-Peter Bouchier butcher Troy Wheeler are opening a second incarnation of their boutique butcher, Meatsmith, on the south side of the city in August.
The first Meatsmith started hanging hams in Fitzroy almost two years ago – part commercial kitchen, part retail shop – and the pitch at St Kilda will be much the same. McConnell and Wheeler will be wrapping corned beef in the old Gruner's site, home of the much-loved butchery on Barkly Street for 60 years.
"A long-standing business like Gruner's has been an integral piece of Melbourne food history," says McConnell. "Troy and I are thrilled to be part of continuing this tradition."
Meatsmith will honour Gruners' old European recipes, with Hungarian and Polish smallgoods sharing cabinet space with dry-aged beef, rare-breed hams, foie gras parfait and award-winning poultry. Shelves will stock larder supplies and premium grocery staples.
The new site will also allow Meatsmith to expand their wholesale trade, thanks to a "considerably larger" production facility than the Fitzroy original.
In other Team McConnell St Kilda news, Supernormal Canteen is tipped to open at the former Luxembourg (nee Golden Fields) site in Fitzroy Street on July 20.
As reported by Good Food in May, the menu at Supernormal Canteen will be a "stripped-back version of the main city deal" with lobster rolls, a raw bar and yakitori grill.
Tsukune and csabai in the south is about to become a lot more delicious.