Patrick Robinson
Tom Salle got his new 'Superbull' just in time for the big game. 'Bernie' is a life sized Angus steer, complete with horns and he will be put on the roof after the Superbowl game, as a community landmark.

The 'Superbull' comes to White Center; Meat the Live Butcher will set a new landmark

In business for just a year in his new location, Tom Salle of Meat the Live Butcher in White Center had an inspiration as the Seahawks winning record began to build. He needed a landmark. Something for the community to navigate by but something truly memorable for his store and something that would honor the Seattle Seahawks historic run to the Superbowl.

Over a month ago, before it was even certain, Salle contacted Life Size Statues in New York to order a life size Angus Bull, and made some custom modifications, adding horns and told them it had to be in Seattle before the big game.

Then the weather back east took a wintry turn, and "Bernie" as he is now dubbed, got stuck in a snowstorm in Pennsylvania. "So they put him on a train and it was slow going but it happened that one of my customers who buys prime rib works for the freight outfit. He told me 'Don't worry I'll get your bull to you,' and he was here when I arrived."

The bull weighs 125 lbs (a real steer weighs in between 1200 and 1800 lbs), stands 60 inches at his back, and is 9 feet long, 30 inches wide.

Salle is offering some specials for the game too including all beef sticks and land jaegers, "buy 11 and get the 12th one free," Salle said laughing, and "we're making $12 packs of burger, that's 3 and 1/2lbs. of lean ground beef and bacon wrapped prawn kabobs for $12 a pound.

After the game, Bernie will go up on the roof with special lighting, securely fastened, as a local landmark.

There are two other local livestock statues you might know...the Guernsey cow atop John's Deli on 35th Ave. S.W. and another cow at Berry's BBQ on Ambaum just past 116th Street S.W. "Those are both cows," said Salle," As far as I know this is the only life size bull in the area."

Meat the Live Butcher is located at 9432 16th Ave. S.W. in White Center.

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