Cupcakes on the Go, Chipotle and Starbucks Set to Open and More Restaurant News
Welcome to our round-up of area restaurant and food news.
We know Merrimack residents don't just stay in town when they want a night out and a break from cooking.
Below is a look at the restaurant and food stories local Patch sites have covered over the past month. Read through our round-up for the latest food news in your area.
A Bedford mom has started selling her baked goods at her food truck, dubbed "Gone Baking," at the Merrimack farmer's market, after she was prohibited by zoning laws from parking her truck in her own town. She's also been selling her baked goods at several locations in Amherst and Manchester.
A & E Custom Coffee is holding a fundraiser this month to raise money for the Nashua chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. You can buy a card for $1 and post it at the cafe, or you can buy a bag of Mexican coffee, and $2 from every purchase will be donated.
The big news in Bedford has been the opening of the new Fresh Market. There's also a new Chipotle and a new Starbucks coming to town, and we recently had a Q&A session with Teresa Stauber of Simply Delish, who sells her pasta, potato salads and other products at local stores like the Bedford Meat House and Harvest Market.
Martha's Exchange recently turned a vacant alley next to the Main Street eatery into a scenic deck, which is great given the high demand for outdoor seating downtown. It's just one of several Nashua restaurants that have recently added outdoor seating.
Last weekend was a big one for foodies in the Salem area, as The New Hampshire Food Truck Festival was held at Rockingham Park. Attendees got a chance to sample fried dough, hoagies, lobster, cupcakes and more from between 20 to 30 different food trucks.
In Concord, The Barley House recently wrapped up its annual Burgerfest, which helps to raise money for the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth. In this video, owner Brian Shea talks about the seventh annual event.
It's been a busy month for restaurant news in Portsmouth. The Station beer garden opened last week on State Street, and the Thirsty Moose Tap House, with its 116 beer taps, is expected to open on Monday in the old Muddy River Smokehouse location. And that's just a sampling of what's been happening on the Portsmouth restaurant scene in recent months. Here's a complete roundup of some of the more recent moves.
Some sad news out of Hampton last week, when we learned that Pearls Hamburgers probably won't open until 2013. It was originally expected to open this summer at the corner of Swains Court and Route 1. We'll have much more on this story – including an exclusive interview – in the coming days. Meanwhile, Flatbread announced when its new Hampton location will open, a new restaurant opened in the old Ron Jillian's building, and a third ice cream shop opened since the start of spring.
In beer related news, it was revealed this week that Throwback Brewery has purchased the old Hobbs Farm for about $900,000 at auction. The owners hope this will allow them to expand the hours and size of their tasting room, which is now located on Route 1. Also, a new restaurant called Locals opened last week in the old Wings Your Way location on Route 1.
The Green Bean in Exeter recently added a new deck to its downtown restaurant, which has really spruced up the outdoor seating area. The eatery also opened a new location in New Castle at the Wentworth by the Sea marina.