Well, that didn’t last long.
The Meatball Shop — the Westport outpost of the New York-based restaurant that opened on June 22 — will serve its last balls on Sunday.
A hostess who answered the phone tonight laid the blame on “expensive rent and not enough customers.” She said the staff was informed yesterday.
The Meatball Shop took over from The ‘Port. That restaurant lasted 13 months — twice as long as The Meatball Shop. Before that, the ground floor of National Hall was home to Vespa. Before that, it was Cafe Zanghi.
It’s a wonderful space — but huge. Parking is tight.
On the other hand, 2 nearby restaurants — OKO and Bartaco — are flourishing.
There is no word on what will replace The Meatball Shop.
After this story was posted, Adam Rosenbaum — The Meatball Shop CEO and partner — emailed this statement:
Yes, we will be closing our Westport location after dinner service this Sunday, January 12th.
We have really loved being a part of the community, and have been so lucky to have built meaningful relationships over the past 6 months. Breaking bread with neighbors is what we are all about, and we felt like Westport was the next spot for us. Unfortunately, although it was a tough decision, we have a lot on our plate for 2020.
We are currently focused on a large re-branding, to evolve and grow into our second decade. Highlighting our delicious, responsible and sustainably sourced menu…and also add a few more dishes that we know our loyal guests will be excited about! (https://www.themeatballshop.com/news-item/dear-ballers/ )
This means making some tough decisions to focus our efforts on the NYC market locations, with a few more exciting things to come this year!
We hope that the Westport community, and all of Fairfield County, will follow along on the journey, and we hope to revisit Connecticut soon.