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Mets Great, Great Meats

You had to wait for parking last Saturday at a Northern Boulevard mini-mall on the Roslyn-East Hills border—and for a good reason. The Meat House, a local gourmet butcher and grocer shop, was celebrating its first anniversary, complete with an appearance from former New York Met star, Mookie Wilson. 

The day brought out a large crowd of Met fans, young and old. It also brought out local residents choosing from the Meat House’s array of gourmet delicacies.

Last year, The Meat House, which has locations in 10 states, including California and Texas, opened at 1085 Northern Blvd. with similar fanfare. The franchise’s two co-founders, Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent, both showed up for the event.

“We’ve been able to find fantastic local vendors in the Roslyn area that support our mission of providing the highest quality products available to our customers,” said Parent at the January 2012 grand opening. “We’re looking forward to getting to know the Roslyn community and supporting them any way that we can.”

A year later, Arnold Schwartz, the current proprietor of the Roslyn location, admitted that the early parts of the first year represented some rough going for the new business. “Things are turning around,” he added at the anniversary celebration. “There’s a lot of energy in here. We’re looking forward to a better year.”

Schwartz credited the turnaround to produce from Slavin Fish and other local suppliers. “The steaks are phenomenal,” he added. “We have a great food line from our butchers and great combinations. Our food cases are looking better and better every week.”

Schwartz is a resident of Huntington, but he is more than pleased to be doing business in an upscale community like Roslyn, calling the establishment on Northern Boulevard a “great location.”

“It’s been a great experience,” he said of The Meat House’s first year in Roslyn. “We have a great crew and a lot of friends here. We love Roslyn.” 

While the store was packed during the anniversary celebrations, Wilson, a star from the Mets last World Series win in 1986, occasionally signed autographs. But this day wasn’t a matter of a celebrity sitting at a table, greeting fans. Mookie was busy the entire morning, working behind the counter and taking great satisfaction in filling orders of all types.