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Brookline Meat House, a neighborhood butcher shop that's part of a national franchise, has been named Best Butcher Shop in this year's Boston A-List contest.
Held annually by Cambridge, Mass.-based CityVoter, the Boston A-List awards are determined by popular vote on the Boston A-List website. The Meat House was one of 11 butcher shops nominated for the Best Butcher Shop category.
The Meat House opened in Coolidge Corner at 1285 Beacon Street in August 2010. It offers a diverse line of butchered meats, as well as proprietary marinades, prepared side dishes and several locally sourced goods. The store also features a wide selection of wine and specialty beer.
The Meat House franchise, founded in 2003, is locally owned by Bonnie and Paul Hoagland with their operating partner, Chris Hogan. Today there are Meat House locations in eight states -- Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Connecticut and California. The company also has territory agreements in place for over 125 stores in 11 states, with another 100 stores in six other states currently under consideration.
CityVoter kicked off its annual Boston A-List contest in November 2010, featuring over 2,000 local businesses competing for a title of the Boston area's best. This year, CityVoter collected over 44,700 votes in 231 categories by their December 22 deadline.