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Oct 18, 2011 07:33 AM

Meatballs by Michel Richard

This just in....Michel Richard will be opening a casual meatball themed restaurant in Penn Quarter called Meatballs.

This place sounds incredible!!! I just hope they are able to maintain the creativity and quality of Richard's other restaurants.

Mmmmmmm meatball sub on garlic bread!

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  1. "Prices will range between $6.99 and $9.99."

    Are $10 meatballs the new $5 cupcakes? MAYBE!

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    1. re: monkeyrotica

      Well at least it isn't another hamburger place...or are meatballs just hamburgers that are round???

      1. re: ClevelandDave

        You got it. I predict meatball "sliders" on brioche, three for $18.

      2. re: monkeyrotica

        I imagine the basic meat with tomato sauce on a bun won't be $10. They have different sauces and meats including lamb and morel mushroom sauce...those are higher quality ingredients and surely deserve a higher pricing system.

        Plus this is Michel Richard---$10 is not all that bad. And I agree with ClevelandDave...thank God it's not another burger joint. I think this is a fun, creative idea that will hopefully be crazy delicious!

      3. This sounds very exciting. Anything by Michel Richard in that price range and in that neighborhood is something I'm dying to try!

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        1. re: woodleyparkhound

          Meatballs will offer a family-style takeout plan: On Sunday nights, the spot will offer a full Sunday dinner for 8 to 10 people. Exact prices are still being sorted out, but roughly $79.99 will get you a stock pot -- Thats a cool concept

          I sounds like an interesting little spot have to wait for the actual menu

          1. I cannot comment on the food obviously- I do not even think they are open. However I do have a few friends that live near where the restaurant is located and I can tell you that many of the neighbors are not happy about this place. They seem to feel that the outside of the place has a tacky/cheesy appearance. For one it says BALLS in huge letters on the front window and main wall inside. And the bigger issue seems to be that there is a large fluorescent sign above the place shining pink light into nearby windows and such. I believe there was a post about it on PQ Living Blog.

            I really wonder though if this is going to be a hit or not though for a variety of reasons. I somewhat do not understand why someone like Michel Richard would want to open a meatball fast food place. I'm also not sure a fast place like that will really be a hit in that location. Who knows, I guess time will tell.

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            1. re: drake0388

              I'm reminded of the people who moved into condos on 17th Street and were shocked to find noisy bars and restaurants on 18th Street. It's not like Penn Quarter is the darkest, most subdued neighborhood.

              1. re: drake0388

                Their design choice is truly odd. Prince of Petworth had some pictures up and it does say BALLS all over the restaurant. haha

                1. re: drake0388

                  I'll agree that the design choices are odd, but why wouldn't a "fast place" be popular in that area? The area has tons of fast casual places that are always packed (Luke's Lobster Shack, Merzi, Choptle, Chop't, etc.) I think it's a great area for those types of restaurants because there are office buildings nearby, so you get daytime crowds and there are condo/apartment buildings nearby, so you get evening crowds. And it's not as if every single restaurant, be it fast food or sitdown, isn't packed before more popular events at the Verizon Center.

                  415 7th St NW, Washington, DC, DC 20004

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