Karl Gregg, owner of Railtown’s European-style butchery Big Lou’s Butcher Shop, has announced on social media that the store front, located at the corner of 269 Powell Street, will be closing for good.
Known for its handmade sausages, excellent cuts of meat and delicious meat-forward sandwiches, Big Lou’s Butcher Shop has been a popular destination for Vancouverites over its four and a half years of operation.
The old-school neighborhood butchery had been under a tremendous amount of strain, owing in large to the legal issues surrounding one of Big Lou’s founding partners, Allan Bosomworth, who was caught spying on staff and customers using the washroom at nearby Railtown restaurant, Two Chefs & A Table (now closed).
While Big Lou’s did not court much of the controversy, it was ultimately unable to withstand the growing financial pressures.
Here’s Big Lou’s Butcher Shop’s farewell message in the full:
“It’s with a heavy heart that Big Lou’s Butcher Shop announces that, as of May 31st, we have ceased operations at 269 Powell Street. We’re very proud of the work that we’ve done over the last 4 ½ years and want to thank everyone for their support along the way. We’ll treasure the friends we made, and we remain very proud of the awards that we won and the many kind words that were sent our way.
The legal issues around one of Big Lou’s founding partners have been well-documented over the last two-plus years. Quite simply, the financial and personal costs of dealing with those issues have made the Big Lou’s business unsustainable, and with the expiration of the lease at 269 Powell Street, it was time to close the shop.
While the shop is closed, Big Lou’s friends and fans can expect to see pop-up events in the future from the Big Lou’s team. Thanks again to everyone who supported Big Lou’s Butcher Shop.”