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Hillcrest Artisan Meat coming to Hillcrest

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Carnivores who live in Hillcrest or anywhere even relatively close, this is the best news you'll hear all week: Former Boulevard chef Brandon Brown plans to open Hillcrest Artisan Meat — HAM for short — by Nov. 1 (or if everything goes well in time for Hillcrest Harvest Fest on Oct. 15) at 2807 Kavanaugh next to Kroger and the U.S. Post Office.

Brown moved to Little Rock with his family about a year ago from Eugene, Ore., where he was charcuterie chef at King Estate Winery for four years.

Brown said HAM will be a full-service butcher shop and charcuterie, where he'll butcher, cure and make everything on-site: bacon, ham, sausage, turkey breasts, pork chops, pastrami, brisket, various confits, salami, pate and other charcuterie. Everything will be sourced locally, except, initially, prosciutto, which Brown said takes a year to cure.

Your Mama's Good Food is moving, which means for the month of September during the transition downtown diners are going to have to do without fried chicken, brown gravy and those massive rolls. The restaurant is headed to the Pyramid Building at 221 W. Second St., where owners Barbara and Fleming Stockton say they'll have twice the space of their location at 220 W. 4th St.

Fleming Stockton, who talked about retiring in a recent Q&A with the Times, said he and his wife will continue on in the new location, but that the September break will afford them "a much-needed vacation."

Stockton said he hopes to open Sept. 1.

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