Name Richard Walsh
AKA Ritchie
Business Richard’s Meats
Location Corner Balgowlah & Roseberry St, Balgowlah

What’s your favourite place on the Northern Beaches?
Manly – South Steyne & Shelley Beach.

Is there something about you that would surprise people?
I migrated to Australia at the age of 10.

What’s something everyone should do at least once?
Spend $1,000 at Richard’s Meats.

It’s Sunday afternoon, where do we find you?
Cutting the grass before the family BBQ.

If you were down to your last $50 what would you spend it on?
A good STEAK!


How did Richard’s Meat happen? How long have you been operating?
Top-Line Butchery on Sydney Road was owned by my father. He also had other shops in East Roseville and Dee Why. We have been trading since 1975.

Best business experience?
Selling the site on Sydney Road, Balgowlah.

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Selling Real Estate.

Best part of your job or most enjoyable part of your job?
Greeting and chatting to the public.

Most stressful part of your job?
The hours. 60-hour weeks. 6am to 6pm, 6 days a week.

Weirdest thing that has ever happened at work?
Once served a long lost relative I’d never met before until they came into the shop.

What’s the best part of working on the Northern Beaches? Why’d you chose to work here?
Being able to get out for a swim. I’ve always worked somewhere on the northern beaches, it’s the best. Balgowlah has always been a favourite location of mine.


What would you rate 10/10?
A good red wine at the end of a long week.

What is the best advice you’ve received?
Be honest and work hard.

What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this week?
My youngest son moved back home on Tuesday from overseas.

Greatest strength?
My work ethic.

Greatest weakness?
I work too hard and I don’t take enough breaks.

Does anything scare you?
Confinement – being locked in.

What’s your most treasured possession?
Mercedes 190SL 1962 model.

What’s your idea of absolute happiness?
Good Health.

Which two famous people would you choose to be stuck in a lift with?
John Howard and Bill Clinton.

What travel experiences is on your bucket list?
Italy – Amalfi Coast.

How do you switch off?
I don’t… I go for a drive in my Mercedes.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Vanilla ice cream.

Who’s your personal hero?
My 3 children.

If you were an animal, what would you be?
A Falcon.

How would you like to be remembered?
Honest and hard working

If we could ask you one more question what would it be and what’s your answer?
How should one operate / conduct themselves?
Glass half full – be optimistic!