With Haydee’s Meat Market, Luis Sepulveda intends to end the hunt in Hall County for quality meat.
“There’s just nothing else around here like this,” Sepulveda said. “Now people don’t have to drive far to get a good steak.”
Sepulveda opened the meat market on June 22 just two doors down from his restaurant, Haydee’s Cafe off of Atlanta Highway in Oakwood.
What used to be a Subway is now a store filled with groceries often found in Spanish-spreaking countries and a counter full of black angus beef, chicken, deli meats, pork, cheese and fish.
Sepulveda said he receives daily shipments of beef from Braveheart Black Angus Beef, a Midwestern-based company trading in premium beef.
The company uses DNA TraceBack, which verifies the origin of the beef.
“All the meat can be traced back to the cow which it came from,” Sepulveda said. “All the cows have a number and they (Braveheart) take care of their animals. I’ve tried plenty of other brands before and this is by far the best quality.”
Haydee’s Meat Market’s selection fluctuates, as well as its prices. This is mostly due to the daily shipments of various meat cuts. Sepulveda chooses products that he would want for himself. His favorite cut is the cowboy ribeye steak with the bone in.
Sepulveda said people can expect consistency with some of the beef portions including filets, sirloins, ribeyes and fajita cuts. Prices range from $3.99 to $19.99 a pound.
The store offers its own wings marinated in Sepulveda’s secret recipe. He welcomes the public to visit and try the wings for free on Friday, June 28.
When it comes to cutting the meat, Sepulveda leaves the job to the experts. After talking about his store on a local radio station, two butchers came to the forefront.
“The biggest challenge was finding the right butcher,” Sepulveda said. “I asked around for a while and they just came at the end.”
When Sepulveda opened Haydee’s Cafe three years ago, he already had the meat market on his mind. He wanted to have a shop with “ all of the essential stuff” for his Hispanic clientele, while also selling quality meat for the wider Hall County community.
Only a couple of days since the grand opening, Sepulveda has already set his sights on opening another Haydee’s Cafe paired with a meat market.
“I’m looking forward to expanding and getting bigger,” Sepulveda said. “So far, I’ve had people of all cultures visit, not just Hispanic. Here, I have a little bit of everything, which is great.”
Haydee’s Meat Market’s hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about the store call 678-971-4686 or visit Haydee’s Cafe’s Facebook page.