I recently had a long conversation with John Hanley, owner of the newish Meatball Room (3011 Yamato Rd. 561/409-4111), and he dropped a few tidbits about what’s happening after three months in business. Here's an abbreviated list of what to watch out for at the sphere-centric West Boca eatery. (Check out the May/June issue of Boca mag for a more in-depth coverage of my interview with Hanley.)
1. Come March 1, the restaurant will be rolling out a new menu that adds more meatballs and subtracts a few dishes that didn’t quite live up to diners’ expectations.
2. The staff will be working with the Boca Chamber of Commerce on hosting a grand opening party in early March.
3. Hanley is already looking to open another Meatball Room in Pompano Beach, with an eye on opening a third on PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens.
4. Hoping to attract a more, uh. . . lively, late-night crowd in notoriously staid West Boca, the restaurant is running a variety of weeknight promotions. Monday is Meatballs ‘n’ Martinis, with $5 Grey Goose ‘tinis and complimentary mini-meatballs. Tuesday is karaoke. Wednesday is trivia. Thursday is Ladies’ Night, where customers of the female persuasion can drink free and anyone who buys a Purity vodka drink gets included in a raffle to win diamond jewelry.
Oh, and on Saturday, March 8, the Beatles tribute band Across the Universe, will be performing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s first U.S. concert. All you need is meatballs. . .