Rest assured, southeast Baltimore.
“Whichever neighborhood we end up in, rest assured we’ll have a sandwich called Patterson Pork on the menu,” posts Fat City Craft Meat Co. on Facebook.
Fat City Craft Meat Co., which describes itself as “a revival of the neighborhood butcher and sandwich shop,” is looking for a home in Baltimore, and the Southeast seems to be the frontrunner.
The establishment, which has not yet taken physical form, has managed to build considerable buzz for itself thanks to presence on Spotmojo (spotmojo.com), a platform that allows the public to suggest businesses for their communities, and for businesses to find welcoming and enthusiastic communities.
“We will purchase responsibly raised meat from area farms and hand craft our own cured, smoked and deli meats,” say Fat City proprietors on spotmojo.com. “We will create a casual atmosphere where you can stop in and buy some house-made salami and bacon, grab a real pastrami sandwich for lunch, or get a pork loin roast to take home for dinner.”
According to Spotmojo, Eben Altmann is the entrepreneur behind Fat City Craft Meat Co. Altmann, according to a brief bio published on the site, has a history with both the Mid Atlantic’s Red Apron Butchery and California’s Fatted Calf Charcuterie, “two of Food & Wine Magazine’s ‘Top Producers and Purveyors of Cured Meats,’” according to the bio.
Fat City Craft Meat Co. is apparently using Spotmojo to help it choose a location from the neighborhoods of Canton, Fell’s Point, Brewers Hill, Hampden, Charles Village, Locust Point, Patterson Park and Highlandtown.
There seems to be a concentration of carnivores in the last two.
“Truly awesome feedback on our @spotmojo page,” tweeted Fat City last week, on Good Friday no less. “Highlandtown and Patterson Park are running away with it.”
At press time, Patterson Park was in the lead, with 47 voting for Fat City to set up shop in that neighborhood. Highlandtown was a close second with 40 votes, followed by Fell’s Point with four.
Kevin Bernhard, an active member of the Highlandtown Community Association, urged his neighborhood to embrace the business.
“I very rarely ever send stuff like this out,” Bernhard said in a mass email, “but this could be a great opportunity for the Highlandtown Mainstreet District, and Highlandtown, Canton and Patterson Park as a whole.
Fat City can be found on Spotmojo (search for Highlandtown, Baltimore), Facebook, Twitter (@FatCityMeat) and at FatCityMeat.com.
by Erik Zygmont