After six years in their original East Bottoms location, Local Pig and Pigwich co-owners Alex Pope and Matt Kafka have outgrown their current space. They have spent months searching for a new home to bring their meat market and sandwich shop under one roof, and have now announced plans to relocate both to the City Market by mid-October.
Working with KC Commercial Realty Group and City Market, the partners will move into the space that was formerly Winslow’s BBQ, and additionally take over the space next to it that is currently home to KC Soda Co.
To make room for the renovations, KC Soda Co. will close Mon., Aug. 27 and re-open Wed., Aug. 29 just steps away in a new permanent City Market space at 421 Main, located near Minsky’s Pizza on the west side of the market.
Once the renovation is complete, Local Pig and Pigwich will be located in an adjoined space with separate primary entrances on both the 5th Street side of the building and on the market side, respectively.
“It was really important to find a spot with character,” Pope says, “I spent months considering various locations, but after one tour of the space at City Market, I knew it was the right spot for us.”
The partners wanted to expand Pigwich, their stationary food truck that currently sits next door to their popular butcher shop, but quickly realized that renovating their current leased space was not going to be feasible. So, the hunt began for a new, larger space that would give them room to grow their current business model and allow them to combine both operations under one roof.
The new combined location for Local Pig and Pigwich in the City Market will have plenty of indoor seating to accommodate up to 75 guests, and an additional seasonal space on the large brick patio. Their new home will also feature a kids’ corner to keep little ones entertained.
Pigwich will still offer counter service, and customers can look forward to a larger menu featuring all their mainstays, plus several additional sandwiches from the former daily specials lineup. New sides like fries and a limited dessert selection will round out the menu. Beer, wine and cocktails will be available by the can. The menu will also feature smaller versions of standard items for kids.
Local Pig, under the guidance of Pope, has established itself as a fantastic local purveyor of premium meats, offering high-quality smoked, cured and ready-to-eat meats from whole animals raised on small local farms, with no antibiotics, steroids or confinement.
In addition to a fine selection of butchered meats, the shop also sells housemade prepared items such as pickles and seasonings, plus classes, DIY charcuterie items and a “Butcher Box” subscription program for regulars.
While their products and services will generally remain the same, Pope says the move to City Market will allow them to focus on serving more customers, expanding their selection of locally produced retail items and fine-tuning their overall operation.
“Being at City Market is ideal for our customers who want a turn-key shopping experience,” Pope says, “With City Market produce vendors and specialty shops, our customers can find everything they need to eat clean and well.”
Local Pig and Pigwich will make the move from its East Bottoms location to the City Market as seamless as possible, and will remain open and operating until the move. When they re-open in the City Market, the restaurant and butcher shop will be open seven days a week from 10am to 8pm.
Local Pig and Pigwich, 20 E. 5th St., Suites 101A and 101C, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.200.1639, thelocalpig.com