For more that three decades, Dick Ucuz has served up sandwiches, cut fresh meat, and provided other edible delights from The Meat Spot. This week is one of his last at the business that has been in Watertown Square for more than a century.
Fans of The Meat Spot can be comforted that the business has been sold to new owners who will continue to serve the same favorites.
“They are going to be keeping it the same way I was running it,” Ucuz said. “Maybe they add more stuff into it. That’s totally up to them.”
The small store has been a popular destination both for its deli and also its meat and poultry.
“It is all freshly cut here. At Stop & Shop and all those, you get pre-packed stuff from the slaughter house,” Ucuz said. “We cut it all on our own. People like the way we are doing it all those years, and (the new owners) are going to try to do it the same way.”
Before he moves into retirement, Ucuz will help with the transition.
“I am still here another week or so, then that’s it,” he said. “I am 69 now, 70 at the end of this year, and I have been doing this 32 years at this location. Before here we had a place in Arlington for 10 years — the same type of business.”
During his 32 years at The Meat Spot Dick Ucuz worked with his brother Harry. Family is what first brought Ucuz, who is an Armenian from Turkey, to the United States.
“I left Turkey when I was 18. I studied hotel management and I got a job in Germany, left Istanbul when I was 18 years old to work in a hotel,” Ucuz said. “Most of my family was in the U.S. so they asked me to come so we could be together and all, and I decided to come here to reunite with the family.”
After 10 years in Arlington, Ucuz purchased The Meat Spot.
“We remodeled and all that stuff, and then we have been here 32 years,” Ucuz said. “I think it is time for me to retire, to enjoy the rest of what’s left.”
The business has a long history in Watertown Square. It operated at the same time that the first Star Market was around. Shoppers got their groceries from Star (which was located where the Italian Design Interiors is now) and then got meat and poultry from The Meat Spot, Ucuz said. He said he is one in a string of longtime owners.
“The people I bought it from, they were here 40 years and they told me they bought it from another family (who had it) for 40 years,” Ucuz said. “So it has been over 110 years.”
Good luck Dikran you worked hard over the years you deserve it enjoy my best wishes
Best of luck in your future! You ran an awesome, successful local independent business. Cudos!
Congratulations on your retirement! Make sure you show the new owners how to prep 90 lbs. of soujouk meat for thanksgiving weekend, LOL. Seriously, thank you for all your help through the years! Enjoy!
The Santoian Family, The Lalli Family, the Antonellis Family and the Merullo Family
Thank you for all those years of fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving! Best wishes to you on your retirement!
Wishing you all the best! Thanks for everything over these three decades!! Enjoy your well-deserved retirement!
Thank you Dick for feeding our little theater company, and helping us get through office hours, rehearsals, and board meetings – the Improbable Players could just run downstairs and grab a delicious sandwich, some soda and chips – and always a good greeting from you and Harry that made our day better. Thank you Meat Spot – couldn’t have done it without you!
Thank you for the past 32 years! Enjoy your retirement!!
Both you and Harry are a rare breed-so devoted to your customers and such quality goods! Sorry to see you go but happy for your well-deserved retirement.
Thanks to Dik, Harry, Marta & the family that has served us well for all the decades. Thanks to Rupe for selling to good people. Thanks for taking in Frankie Forde & leaving him to serve us! Going to miss the bantering with Dik & the good graces of Harry. So go on, enjoy your well deserved retirement keeping our memories in your thoughts! Congratulations my friends!
We thank you for your wonderful service and high quality meat. I wish you a much deserved retirement . Enjoy the time with your family. Best of luck and good health.
Congratulations and good luck in retirement. It is well deserved. We love your store and are looking forward to the new owners, but we will miss you. K
Charmed and dangerous! Thank you for so many years of excellent food–platters for family gatherings, turkeys for Thanksgiving, roasts at Christmas–it was all wonderful. We were lucky to have you as a local business. Wishing you and Harry many happy, healthy years.