Build a streetcar right-of-way, and the condos will quickly follow. From there it’s just a short jump to excellent restaurants and full-service butcher shops. Such is the course of events that helped bring Ben Latchford’s Roast Fine Foods to Hillcrest Village. The meat-counter-meets-gourmet-shop has been open at St. Clair West and Arlington since the middle of December 2013.

Latchford has worked in Toronto butcher shops for over twenty years—mostly at Olliffe on Yonge Street. From this experience he established three guiding principles for his own operation: carefully source naturally-raised meat from local farmers, cut it and prepare it on-site, and offer friendly, neighbourhood-focused service.

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