La Grange’s Historic Prause Meat Market Is Closed for Good

Every year or so I get a note that Prause Meat Market in La Grange is for sale. The messages are usually sad, noting that the historic barbecue joint and butcher shop’s demise is likely imminent. Today, it is no longer for sale. The four Prause family members—Brian, Gary, Kathy, and Mark—who have run the market for decades have agreed to sell the property, and they’ll turn over the keys to the new owner on Monday. Gary Prause hung a sign on the market’s front door on March 31 announcing what was planned as a temporary closure because of COVID-19. From subsequent conversations with all four family members, though, they all knew there was a possibility it wouldn’t reopen. Mark, who ran the barbecue pits,…View Original Post

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