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Europe-inspired butcher shop Moriarty Meats wins $10,000 in small business competition

Posted at 9:02 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 21:02:36-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A butcher shop on Buffalo's west side that sources local meat won the $10,000 grand prize from a small business pitch competition.

Moriarty Meats beat out four other small businesses that pitched live to a panel of judges for a share of $30,000 in cash prizes.

The competition was a partnership between Ureeka, an online startup development community, and Ignite Buffalo, a program established by 43North.

The four other prizes of $5,000 each were awarded to Alpine Made, Big Norwegian Kombucha, Renew Bath and Body, and Zandra Beauty.

7 Eyewitness News first interviewed Moriarty Meats in February 2018, shortly after the husband-and-wife owners Tom and Caitlin Moriarty opened up shop.

Tom described Moriarty Meats as an "Old World" kind of butcher shop that is reminiscent of European butcheries.

"There's a certain romanticism about it that we don't have here," Tom said to explain the American and European style comparison.