5.31.2006

Matchbox Expansion Coming Soon

In addition to shopping for space to open a new restaurant in town, the owners of Matchbox are preparing to unveil a sizable expansion that will nearly double the restaurant's current seating capacity.

The 125-seat expansion (check out a pic here) should be ready in the next two months, partner Ty Neal told me in an interview for Roll Call (subscription required). With the 75 seats they have now, diners wait as long as two hours for a table on weekends.

“Demand is really strong,” Neal said. “With all the growth and condos … it’s a fantastic time to be in this neighborhood, and the expansion is really needed.”

The expansion will include a 20-seat patio, a private dining room and a new kitchen with a second wood-burning pizza oven to accommodate the additional diners. But even with the increased capacity, Neal said the restaurant won’t lose its quaint charm. “It’s still Matchbox.”

11 comments:

PalacePool said...

This is great to hear. I have never tasted the acclaimed food from matchbox, as the wait has been much too long. Attempted 3 times to indulge, but an hour and a half for wood fired pizza is too long.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. This will be the Lauriol Plaza syndrome. Larger place=still long waits.

Anonymous said...

But the difference between Lauriol Plaza and Matchbox is that the food at Matchbox is actually deserving of the wait.

Anonymous said...

The Pizza at Matchbox is terrible. It tastes like a frozen totino's. Get some mini burgers and then go down the street to Ella's which has some of the best pizza in the city.

kat said...

ditto the comment on ella's. love the mini burgers at matchbox, but the pizza at ella's can't be beat.

Anonymous said...

I disagree, homeboy. Matchbox pizza is tasty.

Anonymous said...

Ugh...I feel exactly the opposite--think Matchbox's pizza is a 10 and Ella's is like a 6...Try the Spicy Meatball pizza (if you're a carnivore) or the Basil, Mozzarella and Tomato pizza if you're a vegetarian.

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