By Carol McCracken (Post # 2,624)
There’s nothing pedestrian and everything distinctive about the new Portland Meatball Company described by owner Noah Talmatch yesterday afternoon at his Timber Steakhouse, 106 Exchange Street – next door to his under construction venue scheduled to open its doors in October this fall.
Once the exclusive domain of Pierre’s on Exchange Street, Joe has relocated within the same building to make way for the Meatball Company that the three (3) owners allegedly wanted very much. PIerre’s had a long lease that Joe refused to break. To accommodate his refusal to break his long-term lease, Pierre’s will open at 104 Exchange Street in October as well within the building.
The planned Meatball interior is bound to delight in the Old Port and beyond. Noah’s design team has created a farmhouse with seating for fifty (50) guests. By the way, it’s the same design team that created the neat interior of Timber. There will be restored wood, there will be antiques and “comfy” food. However, quite different from Timber, the prices for lunch and dinner at the Meatball Company next door will be moderate. Lunch can be purchased for between $9.00 – to $11.00. Beer, wine and cocktails will be available. Noah hopes to go before the City Council next month to get its approval.
It will be a distinctive menu in an area of Portland that offers mostly pedestrian menus. Something that others have tried unsuccessfully to remedy. The meatballs will be of duck, pheasant, wild boar as well as chicken and beef. Pasta – there will be a variety of pastas – probably four or five choices. The menu will include New York pizza with a wide variety of toppings. Sandwiches will be unique to the area – a Vietnamese sandwich called Bahn Mi and a Cuban sandwich made of ham, roasted pig and cheese on a baguette. Both are favorites of Noah’s. Brunch will be available as well.
Plans also call for the Meatball Company to be open six days a week.