Certified Meatball Company (429 West Broadway, South Boston) has closed after about a year in business. The South Boston restaurant was really committed to its ball concept — pretty much everything on the menu was spherical; dishes included classic beef meatballs, Moroccan lamb meatballs, spicy Korean pork meatballs, veggie balls, and even “sweetballs” for dessert.
The restaurant opened in August 2017 but had been in the works since early 2015, first slated for a space in Somerville’s Davis Square before landing the Southie location in early 2016, where it was originally set for a summer 2016 opening.
Ownership team Boston Nightlife Ventures (BNV) is reportedly opening a different restaurant in the space in as little as 10 weeks. As of press time, the team had not responded to a request for comment, but earlier this year, BNV expressed plans to open additional locations of its Somerville restaurant, Southern Kin Cookhouse, and also has an Italian-themed restaurant, Little Owl Tavern, in the works. (BNV previously tested out Little Owl as a pop-up at one of its other venues, Wink & Nod.) Could the Certified Meatball space become home to a second Southern Kin or the first Little Owl?
BNV is also behind Griddler’s Burgers & Dogs by Boston Common and the very-long-in-the-works Akinto, a former Wink & Nod pop-up that has been slated to open its own permanent location at 1 Appleton Street in the South End since the end of 2015.
Stay tuned for updates regarding the upcoming mystery South Boston opening — and perhaps an eventual Akinto opening in the South End.