MCKINLEY PARK — A brand new local business will get your goat.
And your lamb.
Because that’s all Brigido Carrisosa and Rosilo Castro sell at their new McKinley Park store, C & C Meats, located in a strip mall at 3300 S. Archer Ave.
The animals are slaughtered at a South Side plant before being delivered to the store.
Left whole, they’re sold as-is — $3.25 per pound for goat, $3.50 per pound for lamb — or broken down into legs and chops using the store’s industrial band saw. Want a different cut? They'll make that happen, too.
From behind the counter of the tidy store, Carrisosa said he and Castro were still figuring out how to compete with grocery stores and other meat suppliers, but they’re banking on drawing customers from the neighborhood’s Hispanic and Chinese enclaves for big orders, like family parties and weekend feasts.
Carrisosa, 39, said he believed opening the business was his destiny.
Raised and schooled in a Mexico City orphanage, the Brighton Park father of six has worked at various Southwest Side taco joints and spent the last 11 years repairing cars at a Bridgeport body shop, all the while dreaming of opening a business.
He said he saved his pennies and skipped buying a larger home or new car to make the business a reality.
After becoming a permanent resident in 2011, Carrisosa said he enlisted Castro, a friend and fellow parishioner at Brighton Park's Immaculate Conception Parish, to help open the store.
"What is the point of having permission to be here and not doing something? This is the land of dreams and if you follow your dreams you may catch them," Carrisosa said.
The store is the first business to open in the new strip mall that’s been vacant for nearly two years. Another business, a third outpost for the Chi Quon Bakery, is expected to open there soon.
C & C Meats, 3300 S. Archer Ave., is open from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon-Fri and 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.