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One by one, homemade sausage and salami purveyors have been closing up shop, victims of DOH crackdowns over the "safety" of curing processes and rising rents. Now, another long-running shop bites the dust. The last day of operation for Kurowycky Meat Products, the 52-year-old Ukrainian East Village store that sold kovbasa, bologna, ham, bacon and other smoked pork products, will be tomorrow June 2nd. We were alerted to the news via a tipster, who writes, "Yes, it seems our beloved East Village purveyor of cured meats is going out of business." The Kurowycky family made sausages entirely in-house, grinding and smoking the meat according to recipes handed down through generations. The official notice of closure from owner Jerry Kurowyckyj, as seen on SausageNY:
It is with great sadness that I am announcing the closing of Kurowycky Meat products after 52 years. Today’s economic climate just does not support a small business on the scale that ours endeavors to survive in. Thank you all for all your years of support. We are closing as of this Saturday, June 2nd . It was a great ride and again, we thank you all.It's a sad day indeed for anyone who loves smoked meat (and/or independent, family-run businesses).
· SausageNY [Official Site]