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Oradell Butcher Offers Prime Meats, Hollywood Glow

Former 'Bachelorette' Ashley Hebert didn't give him a rose, but Anthony Santucci and his meats are earning applause.

Butcher Anthony Santucci (center) with friends Credit: Christina K. on Yelp
Butcher Anthony Santucci (center) with friends Credit: Christina K. on Yelp
Oradell has a most unusual new butcher in town. Anthony's Oradell Prime Meat Market at 302 Kinderkamack Road has been open since August with new owner Anthony Santucci at its helm, The Record reported. Santucci, 31, of South Nyack, N.Y., was born a fourth-generation butcher. But he said he's surprised that he ended up in an old-fashioned white shirt, tie and apron, cutting and selling meat from an independent butcher shop. 

While he worked in the family's shop as a teenager, his head was filled with acting (in 2011, he was chosen to appear on ABC reality show, "The Bachelorette." He lasted one episode, introducing himself "a small-time butcher from Jersey").  He also worked in sales. But on weekends, he cut meat, and he eventually ended up working full time at his uncle's New York and New Jersey. He first walked into Matthew's Oradell Prime Meat Market seven years ago to buy steak,] and something clicked. Santucci asked owner Matthew Orlando to call if he ever was interested in selling the store. Last year, the deal was struck with a handshake, and in August, the shop reopened as Anthony's Oradell Prime Meat Market, the article said. 

Santucci said being a new business owner is anything but easy, but his operation is going strong. He said he takes his responsibility to his customers very seriously and insists on the highest quality prime rib, porterhouse steak, New York strip steak and sirloin beef.  And he said people drop in to catch a glimpse of the  guy who was on the reality TV show, which is good for the meat market—and good for the still aspiring actor, who in March will appear in the play "You Can't Take It With You" at the Antrim Playhouse in Wesley Hills, N.Y.

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