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Meatball Shop Update: ImPortant News

Earlier today, “06880” reported that the Meatball Shop will open its 8th restaurant this spring in Westport.

The location has just been confirmed. They’ll be serving ‘balls in what was, most recently, The ‘Port. The family-style restaurant closed last June.

National Hall, when The ‘Port restaurant was there … (Photo/Dave Dellinger)

National Hall has seen a lot, since it was built in the early 1800s. It’s housed the Westporter Herald newspaper, Horace Staples’ bank (and, very briefly, the first classes of his high school).

It was the site of the town meeting hall, and — for many years — Fairfield Furniture.

In the early 1990s, Arthur Tauck saved the historic building from the wrecking ball. (After decades of pigeon droppings, the roof was ready to cave in.)

… and back in the day. (Photo/Peter Barlow)

He and his family converted National Hall into an inn and restaurant of the same name. Several other restaurants later occupied that prime ground floor space.

Now it’s ready for its next phase.

Arlo Guthrie once sang, “You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant.”

You can only get meatballs (of many kinds, for sure) at the Meatball Shop.

But — with Arezzo, OKO and Bartaco all just steps away, and David Waldman’s new project at the old Save the Children headquarters moving quickly along — the west bank of the Saugatuck River just got a little spicier.

National Hall: The view from Post Road West, even further back in the day.

Mmmm … That’s A Spicy Meatball!

If you’ve ever said, “Westport’s restaurant scene is okay, but what we really need is a meatball place” — your wish will soon come true.

Actually, it will happen even if you never said that.

The Meatball Shop opened on the Lower East Side in 2010. They added 5 more locations in New York, and last fall expanded to Washington, DC.

The Meatball shop, in Chelsea.

Now they’re coming here.

Actually, according to a Craiglist ad — looking for a manager — they are “bringing our Balls to Westport, CT this Spring!”

The ad does not say where. But it does say:

Our “ballers” are the most important part of The Meatball Shop family, and we are passionate about serving our guests simple, sustainable, and delicious food. We believe in creating a culture that promotes creativity and individuality within our communities. Our shops each have a unique energy & vibe about them, while staying true to our values and beliefs.

We are a hands-on team that trains our “ballers” in every aspect of food, service and culture. You’re not afraid to get your hands dirty and jump in wherever is needed, but most importantly you’re rock star, and confident at leading a team!

And finally: “Our ideal candidate will be a proven leader who is also not afraid of ball jokes!”

Because, as the final line says: “We are looking for candidate to start immediately. Do you have the balls?”

I could make a snarky comment here.

But I won’t. A few years ago, I wrote a book called We Kick Balls: True Stories From the Youth Soccer Wars.

A Meatball Shop meal to look forward to.

(Hat tip: David Meth)