An Irish couple is getting set to open the doors to the country’s first restaurant focusing entirely on the humble meatball.
Entrepreneurs Tony Costello (27) and Grainne Holland (26) were inspired to open The Meatball Place in Cork City when they returned to Ireland after two years in Australia.
“We made the decision to set up The Meatball Place following our travels. We lived in Australia for two years and we loved their attitude to casual dining over there,” said Mr Costello from Castletroy in Co. Limerick.
“We loved how casual and enjoyable just having a few glasses with simple dishes. We saw a meatball focused bar in Australia and did a bit of research. A similar place was opened in Paris and seemed to be going well and we thought it was something the people of Cork would embrace,” he said.
Meatball-lovers will have the chance to choose their favourites, which include pork meatballs with coriander and chilli, salmon meatballs with herbs or even fried fake meatballs made up of smoked mozzarella and garden peas and rice. Diners can then choose to douse their balls in an array of sauces before choosing a meatball bed of traditional spaghetti, creamed spinach, mash or even garlic bread.
The new company, opening on Carey’s Lane in Cork, has the potential to seat up to 150 people and will employ 15 people.
“It’s our first venture on our own. We both went to the Shannon College of Hotel Management and so would have backgrounds in hospitality.
“We’re excited to see our dream finally come to life and we hope it will be something Cork will love. It is our mission to give all our customers a really great dining experience – we want them to have a ball,” he said.