Meat delivery company going brick and mortar - and wine and beer - in the South End

The Board of Appeal yesterday approved a plan by Walden Local Meat to add wine and beer to the meat it plans to sell at 316 Shawmut Ave., at Union Park.

Meat could go on sale in early November, attorney Nick Zozula told the board. Wine and beer will probably take a bit longer to be stocked, because owner Charlie Cummings also needs to apply for a license from the Boston Licensing Board for the space, formerly a laundromat.

Zozula said Walden Local, which currently only delivers New England-sourced meat shares to the Boston area, hopes the small - roughly 60 square feet - wine and beer space will mean "a fuller customer experience" for patrons wishing to pair their meat with a local craft beer or bottle of wine. He added the meat will be butchered off site.

Nobody spoke against the idea.




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It used to be a laundromat

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Seems like laundry was a better use of the space than overpriced dead animals. Maybe it's just too far to go all the way to the Butcher Shop exactly two blocks away to collect your carcasses.

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I'm guessing you've never set foot in the Butcher Shop and

gotten a gander at their eye-watering prices for retail meats. I don't know what this guy plans to charge, but it won't be hard for him to be competitive. I'm sorry for my neighbors that the laundromat is gone (it closed a couple of years ago, and the building was very recently redeveloped into condos), but I welcome this particular business to what had been a long-vacant space.

The laundromat purportedly was owned by South End mob boss Sonny Baiona (for whom it undoubtedly served as a money-laundering operation, no pun intended), who also owned the nearby Waltham Tavern (illegally, as he was a convicted felon) and the social club further up the block (now the Wholy Grain) where he did most of his business (and got caught by an undercover DEA agent negotiating a large wholesale coke and meth deal, which along with the Tavern getting caught retailing coke and Oxy sent him back to prison, where he died a few years later). RIP, the dirty old South End.

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And more?

You're taking your life into your own hands with that comment ... but he's dead now, right?

I heard his widow owned the building behind the Waltham Tavern, on Union Street between the Waltham Tavern and St John the Baptist's church.

That was a parking garage for a long time but was recently converted into a couple of condos.

Nice, right?

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I found this 2003 Globe article regarding Baiona's promise to redevelop a property on Dwight St, which had been an illegal boarding house that was destroyed by a 1998 fire that killed one person. At the time he spoke to the reporter, he was arraigned on the drug charges but not yet imprisoned, the interview took place outside his home. No mention of any punishment for the illegal use of the property, history of inspection violations, etc. Neighborhood Association had no qualms about airing their displeasure at the slow pace of repair.

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Guess what!

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If people don't want to eat dead animals, they don't have to go to the store. If enough people don't want to eat dead animals, the store will go out of business and you'll be able to open your veggie-selling business there.

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Meat Delivery Store

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Why are people/residents so resistant to new stores opening in vacant spaces? I'm not judging or being critical, but just trying to understand what people want instead of a vacant space. In my opinion, vacant spaces breed crime. A peopled place or street generating energy is so much more preferable and safer. Apparently, no one else in the neighborhood has the desire to open something else. I live in South Boston and hear all the time how people are so against all the restaurants opening on Broadway. What would you like there and how would you facilitate that? Sorry, I just don't get it.

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