By Carol McCracken (Post # 2,546)
“This is all about nostalgia and I love it,” said Noah Talmatch as he pointed to one of the walls full of memorabilia from yesterday and the good old days – as though he were introducing a favorite relative new to the area. Talmatch was putting some of the finishing touches on the Portland Meatball Co. in time for its lunch opening on Thursday, October 13th at 11:00 am.
For Talmatach, the atmosphere of his restaurants is an important part of the dining experience. “We wanted to create a feeling like a Maine farmhouse. A relaxed and rustic atmosphere,” said Richard Ferraro, formerly the general manager of Timber Steakhouse next door, Ferraro is currently a consultant at the Meatball Co. John Harris, the sous chef at Timber is the new chef for the Portland Meatball Co.
The Meatball Company will be open seven (7) days a wee\k for lunch and dinner. The Very Affordable menu includes salads, soups, pizza, pastas and much more. There is a full bar.
Another opening last week full of nostalgia for anyone looking for it as well as home accessories, was the reopening of Flea-for-All at 585 Congress Street..
Flea-for-All was formerly located on Preble Street. The building was sold to the owner of a youth rehab program – forcing the “Flea” into this new location – where Paul’s Food Store was once located.
Items are sold on consignment, by vendors and vendors on site.
Laura relaxes in an antique chaise lounge that has been restored in an English Fabric. It’s for sale for $325. Upon learning of the price, Laura said: “I think I’ll come here, sit on it and bring a good book!”
The Flea is open on Thursday between 4:00 – 8:00 pm; Friday between noon and 6:00 pm; and Saturday and Sunday between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. the phone number is 370-7570.