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  • I for one am shocked the market would not bear such an endeavor.

  • Good riddance. We don’t need low class, low concept crap like that in our city.

    • Why all the hate? To liken meatballs to being a low class, low concept is strange and random to me. I never patronized the place because I make my own meatballs. Besides that point, though, what would you prefer? An elevated concept such as small plates?

      • Look I love meatballs, but did you go to this place – everything SF said is right. Someone had an idea, got a chef with name recognition to attach their name to it, and opened up. This was the definition of poorly executed concept.

        • I admitted openly in my response that I did not patronize the place. I’m not questioning whether or not this was a good place, clearly the balance of the cost of doing business versus the business that it did (or lack thereof) speaks for itself. To liken meatballs as low class or low concept is strange to me. Couldn’t you say, as other have said, this place is salty or was bad or service was consistently rude to make point (not a point that was made but my insertion of why an establishment could receive negative reviews). My point is that it wasn’t that meatballs is (arguably so) low class and low concept, therefore the establishment is closing. You said it yourself, it was a concept that was poorly executed, which is more likely the reason the place is closing. There is a difference.

          • Most of my contempt for this place was stamping the word “BALLS” on the windows and walls, like some poorly thought out high school entrepreneurship project idea. There is a place in NYC that does something similar but keeps it a bit subtler (though it’s still tacky). The place in NY actually has good food too, which this place apparently did not.

            I hold places like Hooter’s and Dick’s in the same regard. I’m no prude but there’s a certain lowbrow, pandering idiocy at work in the concept of these establishments that I loathe. This is downtown DC- take the thinly disguised, uncreative anatomical references elsewhere. We can do better.

          • Thanks, SF, for explaining. I now at least see the point from where you are coming. It helps to know where your platform is, at least for me.

            By the way, I thought there was a hooters in the downtown/chinatown area? Or did that go away?

          • SF got it exactly right.

          • SF, there is a Hooters mere blocks away at 7th and I.

    • And yet there are people like you in it. Takes all kinds of kinds I suppose.

  • Way. Too. Salty.

  • That place sucked. Glad to see it go.

  • Hate away. I grabbed lunch there a few times and always enjoyed it. I’ll miss it.

  • My only gripe was that they were incapable of wrapping a sub with provolone cheese on it for carryout. If they’d got that right I’d have been there a lot more often.

  • Not surprised. I went there once and the food was pretty awful. If your build your entire restaurant around meatballs, at least ensure they don’t taste like garbage. Good riddance!

  • So I guess we’ve learned our lesson that while making sophomoric testicle jokes is funny, it doesn’t equate to financial success, especially when what you are selling is something people are supposed to eat.

  • Maybe this space can be filled with a better thought out niche restaurant, like, perhaps, one that sells only cereal.

  • While on this topic, I’d like to recommend Harris Teeter’s meatball subs. $3.50 on sundays and a good size.

    I usually get it cold because I’m not going to eat it right away. Then I get home and microwave it and throw it in a pan to crisp the bread.

    The best 3.50 I’ve ever spent on lunch. Their sausage and peppers, not so much

  • I liked this place, not sure what kind of lunch expectations the other poster’s have, but it was pretty good, filling food with a lot of options, basically a notch or two above Chipotle. But then again I don’t eat brie, crackers, and fruit that I bought at a farmer’s market in Petworth and brought to the office in the saddle bag of my bicycle.

  • They did have good polenta.

  • Sorry to see them go. I didn’t frequent the place, but grabbed lunch there a few times since it opened. It was messy, filling, and good enough … a bit expensive for an average lunch, but an occasional change-of-pace indulgence. I always liked that Fritos were treated as a basic-issue topping.

    • I agree. For what I would spend at Meatballs, I could easily get something more/better elsewhere in this food-saturated area. The sticker shock on my sandwich prevented this place from entering my usual lunch rotation.

  • I’ve never seen brie at the Petworth farmer’s market!! did I miss that? damn….

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