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Balls! Meatballs in Penn Quarter Closes

Add one more name to the long list of restaurant closures this month: Meatballs in Penn Quarter has shut down.

The spot has been mired in controversy since it opened at 624 E St. NW in November. Citronelle and Central chef Michel Richard was supposedly behind the fast casual restaurant, but all the business documents indicated that it was in fact BGR: The Burger Joint owner Mark Bucher, who emphatically denied that he was a partner and tried to avoid public affiliation with the project. Instead, Bucher claimed he was merely advising a friend.

After the negative reviews that followed, Richard tried to distance himself from the restaurant. Now, Richard's publicist, Mel Davis, tells Y&H that "Michel is not involved with it. He was only ever minimally involved."

No word yet from Bucher. We'll update when we have more information.

Photo by Jessica Sidman

Comments

  1. #1

    You could tell Meatballs wasn't long for this world once it came out that nobody was willing to admit they owned it.

  2. Bertranou's ghost
    #2

    Michel Richard is a fraud! I am not surprised he cannot even make a decent meatball. In LA he was a pastry chef, he still is. DC just doesn't know any better.

  3. #3

    Weird, it seemed pretty tasty to me. Why would you want to run away from a place?

  4. "Bring that ball, Meat!"
    #4

    Meatballers and rookie pitchers--two things that have very short careers.

  5. #5

    Good riddance...

  6. #6

    B's ghostie, that's a rather overheated statement in view of Richard's accomplishments since the original Citronelle in Santa Barbara.

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