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Local meat market reopens in Ransomville

Closed by fire nine months ago, a Niagara County butcher shop and meat market has reopened with help from its regular customers.

“With the help of many many customers and friends, we made it,” said Frank Dispenza, who owns the place with his wife Rachel. “They helped us pay our mortgage and gave us the momentum to keep going.”

Dispenza’s Meat Market, 3130 Ridge Road, Ransomville, was back in business Saturday, serving up steaks and chops. The Town of Cambria shop is one of the only retail stores offering Niagara-County-raised meat, in addition to other products.

The January fire did about $250,000 in damage to the market’s refrigeration system, structure and stock, said Dispenza. Unable to get their insurance claim paid, the Dispenzas took other work while gathering resources to reopen, Frank Dispenza said. He and his wife have worked at Carmelo’s in Lewiston, and he started teaching a meat marketing class at Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.

Besides Niagara County meat, hormone-free meat is available, usually including steaks like bone-in ribeye, porterhouse and the rarely spotted bone-in chuck roast. Pork includes chops, boneless or bone-in stuffed pork chops, pork butts and tenderloins. Dispenza said he’s trying to make the shop a hub for local farm products, and carries local eggs, and low-temperature-pasteurized milk from Teacup Farm in Barker.

Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 791-3400. The market has a Facebook page, too.

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