Chernow and Holzman (proper).  

(Picture: Bobby Doherty/New York Journal)

First restaurant based: 2010
Complete eating places: 5
Valuation: About $20 million
Lesson: There’s a big marketplace for drunk, late-night consuming.

Meatballs are inherently cheap, and since we opened throughout the recession, the truth that we had been value-driven was nice. Meatballs are a part of New York, however after we requested the place you possibly can get the perfect meatball hero, no place got here to thoughts. We thought we may have the perfect meatball hero.

For the primary restaurant, we referred to as in each favor, borrowed instruments, and constructed it ourselveswe raised $410,000 and spent $350,000. However whereas the primary time you construct a restaurant your uncle does it at no cost, as a result of he loves you and he’s excited, the second time you wouldn’t ask. The Meatball Store on the Higher East Aspect price $1.three million. Mike makes enjoyable of me to at the present time as a result of after we opened on Stanton Avenue I wouldn’t allow us to flip the warmth above 55 levels. We had been doing development in overcoats.

Our first hire was $7,000. Our hire on the Higher East Aspect is $18,000. And the shop subsequent door simply went for $36,000! Which isn’t even essentially a nasty deal.

Through the day at Stanton Avenue, we will seat 51 folks. Late evening, after the bar, folks are available in get a hero and eat outsidewe can begin to do 60 or 70 covers an hour. We’re extending our seating capability a lot in order that we discover ourselves sending busboys across the neighborhood to wash upthere are Meatball Store luggage littering Stanton Avenue. Co-founder Daniel Holzman