For those of you that have been keeping up with the goings on of Hollywood’s HOTTEST (read: only) meatball-centric restaurant, here’s news. It looks like Ball & Chain, the eight month old operation brought forth by Mark Kreiner (The Morrison) and Kristopher Keith (Spacecraft); who also designed the spot) is undergoing a revamp.
To begin with, Michael Ruiz is out as chef. They’ve brought in Phillip York as General Manager and chef Vernon McHenry to pick up the kitchen slack, and he’s rejiggered the layout of the menu a bit, adding in some dishes that move beyond the spherical cooked meat options. There’s a mac & cheese now, some new salads and even chicken wings — a move that makes sense, given the 20 craft beer taps and loose sports bar vibe.
Ball & Chain is also reformatting their hours, moving away from the lunch space into happy hour and beyond. Doors now open at 3 p.m., seven days a week, with happy hour running until 6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday. Can’t hang with those hours? They’re doing Postmates for delivery now, too.
Hopefully the move is designed to shore up some of Ball & Chain’s slower midday business and fortify them for a long run along the Cahuenga corridor. After all, Hollywood can’t just drop from one to zero meatball restaurants, can it?
An updated menu is posted below.