Turkey tails and boneless chicken is on display at Mama Rose Butcher Market in Bellwood, which opened last month. | Michael Romain
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Mama Rose Butcher Market, 1043 S. 25th Ave. in Bellwood, opened on Nov. 22, just in time for Thanksgiving. Now, the shop’s owners are trying to make sure they establish a footprint in the community that their family has called home for many decades.
“Mama Rose is named after our 96-year-old grandmother and we’ve been residents of Bellwood since the 1970s,” said Regina Greene, who owns the establishment along with her sister, Andrea Moore, and her cousin, Latasha Clines.
Regina Greene, one of the co-owners of Mama Rose in Bellwood, said the new butcher opened late last month. | Michael Romain
“We wanted to do something in homage to her,” Green said. “My grandmother would complain all of the time, because she still drives and cooks. She’d say, ‘You know, I’m so sick of driving to Chicago. If you all are going to do some business, do something the community can utilize.’ And this is the idea that came to mind.”
Greene, who retired last year from Bellwood District 88, said the business was started with savings and retirement funds. She said she and the other co-owners have partnered with a butcher who has worked at Jewel-Osco and Mariano’s.
“Every single day, our butcher is always doing creative things for us,” she said. “He knows the different types of meats. We’re so diverse in Bellwood, so our butcher is going to try to make skirt steak Arrachera — some things that other cultures would enjoy.”
A photo of Mama Rose, the 96-year-old grandmother of the co-owners, hangs inside of the butcher named in her honor. | Michael Romain
Greene said in addition to meat, the store also carries some grocery products like potatoes and frozen foods, which is a requirement if it intends to take Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), or Illinois Link Card payments. She said the establishment is currently waiting to hear from the state about the status of its EBT application. Greene said it could be between six and eight weeks before the store can accept Link.
Greene said one of her goals for the establishment is to become a multicultural meeting point that employs area residents.
“We want everyone to come here,” she said. “And we want to make certain that our employees are from the community.”
Mama Rose is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, click here.