Patak Meat Products, a south Cobb butcher on Ewing Road near Austell, was damaged by a fire Monday night, the Cobb County Fire Department said.

Units were dispatched at 10:46 p.m. to the shop and found heavy fire coming from the center of the building. Firefighters attacked and extinguished the blaze, and no injuries were reported, the department said.

The front side of the building, where smokers and dry goods are stored, was saved, the department said.

Though still under investigation, foul play is not suspected, the department said.

“Patak is a staple in our community and we’re devastated,” Cobb Fire said on Facebook. “The fire department family is looking forward to their reopening as soon as possible.”

The business announced its temporary closure of retail, wholesale and online operations due to the fire.

“A fire broke out in our factory late last night and unfortunately caused severe damage,” the business wrote on Facebook, where it received hundreds of comments of support. “We are thankful nobody was hurt and extremely grateful to the fast acting firefighters of Cobb County who stopped the spread.”

Founded in 1979 by Czech immigrant Tony Patak, the butcher shop was originally located at Lenox mall in Atlanta. The business later moved to its current location, a 6-acre lot that was once a slaughterhouse. The business employs about 50 people, according to its website, and is now run by Alan Patak, the founder’s son. In addition to selling to local individuals, the business supplies meat for restaurants and large clients such as Sysco and US Foods.

Patak sells a wide variety of meat products including sausages, cured meats, aged Kobe beef, bacon, poultry, smoked fish and more.

Support Local Journalism

Now, more than ever, residents need trustworthy reporting—but good journalism isn’t free. Please support us by purchasing a digital subscription. Your subscription will allow you unlimited access to important local news stories. Our mission is to keep our community informed and we appreciate your support.


Recommended for you

(1) comment

gee whiz


Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.