That Meetball Place Coming To Patchogue

The 54 W. Main St. and 52 W. Main St. locations will soon become "That Meetball Place" in Patchogue Village. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino
The 54 W. Main St. and 52 W. Main St. locations will soon become "That Meetball Place" in Patchogue Village. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino
The former Pura Vida Burrito Company and Jzanus Home Care locations in Patchogue Village are soon to become one location called "That Meetball Place."

The 54 W. Main St. and 52 W. Main St locations have recently had their former signs taken down with a new "Coming soon" sign for the location.

While no official information has been released, a Google search for "Meetball Patchogue" has brought up a number of listings from August looking for a Head Chef and Assistant Manager positions for the slightly differently spelled "that meatball place" in Patchogue.

Patch will update with more information on this location as it becomes available. What are your initial thoughts of something new coming to these storefronts? Talk about it in the comments below.
John Bogack October 16, 2013 at 09:13 AM
I go to Bravo from time to time to get vegetables, the selection is good and the prices are reasonable unlike Walbaum’s pricing where you need to refinance your mortgage to buy a five pound bad of potatoes. The store has a selection of foods from different parts of the world: yes Mexico and other far off exotic locales for example Peru. Good to have some choices that do not show up elsewhere. Come to the think of it I do think Walbaum’s sells “Mexican” food too although I never heard of anyone referring to that store as the “Mexican” store.
Michael Leaning October 16, 2013 at 09:15 AM
Chris K; That address is in Medford...
Archie Bunker October 16, 2013 at 09:16 AM
The bulk of Mexicans and other hispanic immigrants live in apartments lined from main street to the railroad tracks in Patchogue. Without denying it, I'd think its both reasonable and expected that many of them shop at Bravo and the supermarket caters to them, within walking distance of their places of abode. But who really cares...
John Bogack October 16, 2013 at 09:21 AM
Chris I agree. DelFiore's caters to Italian Americans, other stores to German Americans and so on. Our country is a mosaic of ethnic groups. No one is denied entrance because of their ethnic back ground so what is the big deal indeed if Bravo services mostly latino customers looking just like others for a taste of food from where they may have grown up or their parents grew up. Nothing at all....this is America afterall where that freedom thank God still exists.
majortom1981 October 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM
People shouldn't bash bravo. I live by c -town in Farmingville and a lot of Hispanic people shop there .They have more produce grown in the USA then the major chains do and their prices on meat ROCK. maybe the people bashing bravo should actually go in their first and look at the prices .
John Bogack October 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM
Forgot to mention: Bravo also has a small bakery one of the few maybe the only one directly in the village. If others know of bakeries other than this one would like to know. The Bravo one bakes certain kinds of bread and other goodies. Selection is limited but there is one.
Michael Leaning October 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM
I think the new bagel place on Main St. will have their own ovens. Don't quote me though, it's unconfirmed.
Carol Reitz-Butler October 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Bravo also has a great fresh seafood selection. I shop there almost everyday, but I'm Irish, so what do I know about food? ;) Insofar as retail is concerned, I have a shop on Main Street and there are cobwebs on my door. My gift prices are extremely reasonable, I see the EXACT same items on "sale" in other, bigger stores for more than my regular prices. I have cards and jewelry as well as food items, but business is slooooow, even though I've been running a half price sale. Where are all the customers that claim they want to want a thriving downtown?
Siobha'n Spencer October 23, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Back on Topic- I m super excited That Meetball Place is opening in Patchogue! Anything is better then an empty store and Patchogue and East Patchogue are really making a comeback!!! Can't wait to try the new place! :o)
Jo Miller October 23, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Carol The issue is how each of us defines a " thriving downtown". People come to Patchogue to eat and drink, not to shop. I'm sorry that your business is not doing well, as I know you risked a great deal to invest in Patchogue. I'm sorry we do not have more diversity to offer potential customers. It's possible that a well thought out plan would have achieved more balance, but who knows
Siobha'n Spencer October 23, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Carol, what store are you referring to?
Michael Leaning October 24, 2013 at 09:55 AM
Carol is the owner of Queen City Cupcakes, or QCC as I referred to in my earlier post. It's right on Main St. near the new Meetball place. Her store is a great place to pop-in and buy pies and cupcakes when going to a dinner/party. Thing is, it's not like we're doing this every weekend, and we mix it up; sometimes take wine, beer, apps and other things, so consequently don't frequent her store much.
Siobha'n Spencer October 24, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Thank you, I have been in QCC. I love their gift items and the homemade Marshmallows are amazing!!! It has been a while since I have been in though, maybe just spreading the word to remind people to visit! I know I will be in very soon now! Thanks
Carol Reitz-Butler October 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM
Jo, it's not just my business, all the retailers at this end of town are struggling. Parking, construction noise and debris . and endless street closings are creating havoc for us. Couple the daytime mess with the public's perception of Patchogue at night as Party Town Central and you can keep serious shoppers away in droves. It can be very disenheartening. Michael, we also offer all kinds of home design and gift items, some for as little as $10.
Archie Bunker October 25, 2013 at 03:53 PM
I work in the village. I think the new Tritec rentals will be a boon for the local businesses. There will be 290 new tenants within walking distance to the shops, stores etc in the immediate area. I throw this out there because anything Tritec related on the Patch always gets negative comments. Local bus ill definitely benefit from it.
mike December 17, 2013 at 09:38 AM
whats up with the new restaurant
Carol Reitz-Butler December 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM
IDK how they will be as a restaurant, but during construction they were TERRIBLE neighbors. Constant jackhammering, usually on Saturday afternoons ( never so much as courtesy note to neighbors that this sort of thing was about to happen so we could staff/order according to what would now be diminished expectations for business), they closed down the sidewalks at their discretion, and they constantly put their own rubber cones in parking spaces down the entire length of the street to reserve spaces for construction vehicles. They put dumpsters IN PARKING SPACES right on Main Street without permits. They also had huge dunpsters for weeks in the parking spaces right outside their back door ( so brides picking up their gowns at the salon could walk past them, as well as spa patrons), while we existing merchants have to drag our trash to the dumpster corral on the far side of the parking lot ( the equivalent of 2 city blocks from my store). The worst? They have a handicapped tag that they move from vehicle to vehicle, so they always have a vehicle parked in the space that is in front of my store. If you look there now I guarantee there's a pick-up truck parked there. repeated complaints from me and neighboring merchants to the village resulted in nothing. We were told they weren't breaking any laws (?!?) Their bad behavior was the last straw for me, and why I finally left Main Street. I hope the new owners fare better than I did.
Archie Bunker December 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM
My own 2 cents about Queen City Cupcakes - I think foot traffic has a huge impact on a dessert shop, not a dumpster taking a parking space. I think people come to Patchogue for a specific destination such as a certain restaurant. I don't think the village is at the point of a place like Port Jeff where people go to spend the day and wander around generating foot traffic and frolicking in and out of shops. And I think the fact that the goods were baked somewhere else was a big negative. Parking and construction pains are good problems to have - it mean progress though it does come with inconveniences.
Michael Leaning December 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM
what is this place? Apparently it opened yesterday (12/18), and I saw some decent foot traffic, but nowhere near what I expected for opening night. Must have been a bunch of friends of friends of the owners and employees. I didn't even go in because I had no idea what it offered. Saw a bar and TVs inside, no menu posted outside. Is it a restaurant or a sports bar? Does it even serve food, like the name might imply? If so, what kind? Why no website or any online presence? Not to knock a place of business based on their practices, but it's a terrible way to start a business. Marketing, it's important.
Carol Reitz-Butler December 22, 2013 at 09:53 AM
Chris, QCC was never marketed as a bakery, but rather as a dessert cafe, hence the tables, chairs and coffees and teas ( not offered in conventional "bakeries" where most items aren't made on premise, either. Do you think it's a co-incidence that every cookie in every bakery on LI looks exactly the same?. Starbucks doesn't bake on premise, either, yet no one seems to have a problem with that. But....most important: cupcakes were only a third of the business. QCC carried gift items and cards, all extremely reasonable ( median price was $29.99, many items under $10.). There were jack hammers ( and the attendant wet cement) DIRECTLY in front of my store 9 times in 10 months. This was in addition to the ongoing noise, dirt and congestion caused by the Tritec project, and effectively shut down my business for a week each time. The accululated time was the equivalent of more than 2 months of lost business. When a merchant closes for vacation, they know not to place orders or hire staff for that time. Because i was given no notice of the disruptions, I lost twice.
Carol Reitz-Butler December 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM
...and, BTW, the "inconvenience" you mention for me was the loss of my entire retirement ( my husband and I have always been self-employed, so no pension, etc) and three years of unpaid labor, working 14 hour days, six and seven hours a day on my feet the whole time. Adding my initial investment ($125k) to the additional $100k debt I incurred trying to "hang in there" and loss of income, adds to a HALF MILLION DOLLARS. Unable to continue to sustain it out of pocket, I sold the place ( after listing it for a year) for $20k. I would call that pretty goddam inconvenient.
John Bogack December 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Carol just to add some more context to your recent post. You are not the only one to complain about the noise. A main street resident, yes there are some apartments in the area, appeared before the Board of Trustees to complain about the very same noise you have mentioned. In his case he said that jack hammers began at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. That is pretty insensitive to say the least by the new owners. He did complain and they did stop only to resume I think at 7:30 a.m. A good example of how existing residents have to bear and take it while their interests are subordinated to those of others whose sense of privilege impresses as arrogance. What is going on here is the magical thinking that the village government has drowned itself in. Is expansion a good thing? Yes it is but in the absence of any kind of master planning it is coming full force all at once stressing out existing businesses like yours who have to deal with the impacts while new businesses rise. This is out of balance way out of balance. I feel it near my home too where I think out of control over development has severely negatively impacted my home values. The real slogan of the Pontieri administration is residents and existing businesses last. That is because residents as a whole have lost control of their government that has become a tool of larger businesses whose interests now dominate our village government. Another balance gone out of whack. Ahead lies a five story assisted living facility, various roof top decks for clubs, a massive roof repair of the Theater, and now on the horizon a possible dormitory building at the site of the old NAPA building. All good in the long run but you do not have to be a seer to see that traffic and parking is going to be further stressed while all this goes lon while the full impact of New Village has not even begun to be felt. Your situation is a tragic loss of income. Although it seems unlikely, as the current dominant party in the village is now running several candidates for office perhaps all unopposed, what we certainly need in the village is a Quality of Life Party. And a crack down on all thes practices returning the village to its people and not persons who are taking advantage of generous zoning laws and ineffective code enforcement which I suspect comes from the top.
Archie Bunker December 22, 2013 at 06:50 PM
That is the risk one takes when they start a business. I personally didn't think it was going to make it when QCC opened for the reasons a above.
Patchogue December 24, 2013 at 09:07 AM
Let's be honest about it. Patchogue Village is 1000% better than it was just two years ago. All downtowns that are known as destinations are comprised of bars and restaurants. That is always how it starts.
Patchogue December 24, 2013 at 09:29 AM
Carol, We came to your shop a few times and enjoyed it. I am sorry to here your venture did not work out. I too ventured into a small business at one time and lost a lot of money. Over time, you will get back on your feet. Unfortunately, IMO Long Island is no longer for the small business owner. Look That Meetball Place. It takes a $1,000,000 investment to open a bar/restaurant and they are the only ones that seem to make it. The rents are way too high. Way too high.
Don weber December 26, 2013 at 08:13 AM
Went to the meetball place Xmas eve for take out what a rip off. We ordered 8 meatballs that were the size of a ping pong balls. 26.00. I would never return here again.
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Jerry Clasen January 01, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Await for the effect of frontage, overhead garage type doors to expose the interior and entrance.
Maxwell Smart January 06, 2014 at 07:22 PM
So I just ate there, overpriced and small dishes. The meatballs are small and the amount of pasta was also small. Not the best value in Patchogue. Also their beer is overpriced. $2 off for happy hour for a $7 draft is pricey. I wont be going back there soon. On the positive side its beautifully done inside. Nice bar.
Michael Leaning January 06, 2014 at 08:34 PM
We just drove by around 7:30pm. Wife said it looked pretty dead inside. Not a great start.


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