Is Jeffrey’s Meat Market Closing?

Jeffrey Ruhalter, Saturday morning, February 26, at the Essex Street Market.

Over at the Essex Street Market this afternoon, the staff of Jeffrey’s Meats appears to be preparing for a “move out.” Odds-and-ends are being removed from Jeffrey’s office — boxes are being packed. When asked whether the business was closing, one employee said, “yes.”

Last week, it came to light that Jeffrey Ruhalter, a fourth generation butcher, was in financial trouble. News of a 29% rent increase due the beginning of this month was just the latest blow.

A few moments ago, Danny McNeill, Jeffrey’s business manager, told us via email:

I’m still in the middle of defining what “closing” is going to mean.  I don’t mean to be cryptic but that’s the best I can do.  I will definitively know our position on Monday.  I just met with EDC and it was a very “positive” meeting so I now see good opportunities in the near future.

Jeffrey’s Meats has been a fixture in the Essex Street Market since the facility opened in 1940. We have a call into Jeffrey’s landlord, the NYC Economic Development Corp., for more information. We’ll be following this one all weekend.