Meatball Mafia owners expand to Dublin with Missing Jimmy’s
Yes, Missing Jimmy’s refers to that Jimmy, Jimmy Hoffa who disappeared a few years ago from half a century ago. But the legend lives on at the new Dublin bar, courtesy of the owners of Meatball Mafia.
Missing Jimmy’s is aiming to open later this month at 55 S. High St. in Old Dublin, the former home of Vine & Tap. The bar is another addition to owner Robert DelliQuadri’s mission to bring a bit of Youngstown to Columbus.
DelliQuadri moved to Columbus in 2000 to attend OSU and noticed the lack of a special kitchen.
“Coming from Youngstown, you’re used to a lot of Italian food,” he says.
The Italian food he found was not the same – the sauce was sweet; the meatballs were different. After joining Columbus Italian Club, DelliQuadri realized he wasn’t the only Youngstown native to feel this. And so, in 2016, the Meatball Mafia food truck was born.
The truck spent four years roaming the streets of Columbus and clinching top honors like first place at the Columbus Food Truck Festival in 2018, before hiding in a permanent location inside the Center Street Market at Hilliard, 5354 Center St.
DelliQuadri says the market has been great for business, and those looking for Youngstown-style Italian cuisine know where to find it. He estimates that 30% of their customers are either local or were referred to Meatball Mafia by someone local.
With the meatballs nailed, Missing Jimmy’s will focus on the atmosphere – recreating that family feel of the bars in Youngstown. DelliQuadri says it was looking for a second location and the Dublin address offers just the right amount of space and in an ideal location.
While the neighborhood is full of cool bars and restaurants, “it lacks a place to go grab a beer and a shot and watch a baseball game,” he says – a neighborhood bar type.
In a ’70s-themed shell with plenty of Hoffa/Mafia/Youngstown nods (the bar’s slogan is “disappear for a while”), Missing Jimmy’s will feature 15 taps, mostly domestic, plus a few more cans, wine and liquor. There’s also an iced drink machine, which will be reserved for iced wine – a DelliQuadri sipper expects to be popular in the warmer months, especially for people taking advantage of Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) status. of the region. Being within Dublin’s DORA boundaries was another big plus for DelliQuadri’s location.
Missing Jimmy’s will feature Meatball Mafia in the kitchen. DelliQuadri says they didn’t want to call the new spot Meatball Mafia because it has a smaller kitchen.
“It’s more of a bar with food,” he explains.
The menu will be very similar to Center Street – meatball subs, meatball bowls, sausage subs and pizza (with lots of meatball or sausage options). The main change will occur in the pizza department. Instead of 12″ pan-style, Missing Jimmy’s will offer 8″ personal pizzas, a product of kitchen space limitations. DelliQuadri promises the same dough, same ingredients, same pans, just a different size and baked in a different oven.
With an area of 1,800 square feet, Missing Jimmy’s will be able to accommodate just over 70 people. The bar will also be available for hire for private events.
Missing Jimmy’s is aiming for a soft opening later this month and is expected to be in full swing in early July. Lunch times might come later, but for now the bar will be open in the evenings from Wednesday to Sunday. DelliQuadri is also toying with the idea of a late-night happy hour, making it a potential destination for other industry workers in the area.
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