Kentucky’s oldest butcher shop, told to vacate, now can stay
CINCINNATI (Enquirer) - After being asked to vacate its home by June last week, Ebert’s Meats, in Newport, has received a reprieve that will allow it to stay in its current location at 939 Monmouth St. until a new one is found.
“There is still life in Ebert’s Meats,” owner Greg Steffen wrote on the shop’s Facebook page. “After seeing the love and affection that this community has shown us, an agreement has been reached, that this business should and must survive.”
With 125 years of operation, Ebert’s is the oldest butcher shop in the state of Kentucky, according to its website.
As reported by The Enquirer last week, Steffen said he received a note from the attorney of the building’s owner, Steve Rayburn, on March 25, demanding he vacate the Newport butcher shop by June. Steffen said the shop would close for good on June 4. Steffen purchased the shop from Steve’s father, Ed Rayburn, in 1999.
“It was a punch in the gut,” Steffen told The Enquirer.
But early Monday morning, Steffen said that Rayburn had a change of heart.
“We had a very constructive meeting with the building owner, where we all agreed this legacy of his family and of Newport will continue,” Steffen wrote on Facebook. “He has consented to letting us remain here while we find (a) suitable location. So for the near future, we’ll be right here.”
In the meantime, Steffen will work with the City of Newport to find a new location.
According to City of Newport Business Liaison Officer Bev Holiday, she was told by Newport City Manager Thomas J. Fromme to do whatever she can to find Ebert’s a new spot.
“We will continue to work hard finding our new home,” Steffen wrote on Facebook. “Until then, please continue your incredible support, it has made all the difference.”
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