Amidst the turmoil affecting Terra Plata at the corner of Melrose and Pine, Melrose Market vendors continue their build out of the space adjacent to that corner. CHS had the chance to meet with Russell Flint, owner of Rain Shadow Meats, a butcher shop that will be located in the space next to Sitka and Spruce. In fact, Rain Shadow and Sitka will share the walk-in cooler that separates the two businesses. Russ has been charged with making a special house salami for Sitka and Spruce that will only be available at the restaurant or at Rain Shadow. The planned opening date for Rain Shadow is April 16.
Russ currently works as Renee Erickson’s sous chef at Boat Street Cafe. He gained his interest in butchery, even prior to his term at Boat Street, while working for four years in Whole Foods’ meat department. He first conceived of owning his own butchery a couple of years ago, while traveling through Argentina. In his original conception, the butchery would have catered to culinary professionals. When he was shown the Melrose space last January, he realized it would be a perfect spot for a retail butchery.
Rain Shadow will dedicate a part of its 600 square foot space to a curing room. All meats will be cured on premises. Russ will make his artisan meats available to fellow Melrose Market tenants: Homegrown Sandwiches, Calf and Kid and Sitka and Spruce.