Local grocery chain here in SE Texas has started putting prime (restaurant and hotel) grade beef for sale in their butcher counters. I've been buying recently 3" think Prime Sirloins for anywhere between $6.99 and $5.99 a lb, Prime Ribeyes are averaging $8.99 - $9.99 a lb. A definite benefit to consumer budgets and palates.
Great deal and the taste and texture is out of this world. Normally would buy the package stuff in the open refridgerator shelves.
Apparently with the economy on the down shift, job losses high, uncertainity etc. restaurants and hotels are cutting back on their orders due to business slowdown. The meat brokers are now beginning to sell directly to the grocery stores in order to move inventory.