5 new restaurants opening in Portsmouth, NH. This is just in time for those folks working at the more seasonal places in Seabrook or Hampton, NH.
By Charles McMahon
October 25, 2013 2:00 AMhttp://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20131025-BIZ-310250377
Eateries that have either already opened or are planning to in the next few weeks can be found all over the city, from Lafayette Road to Brewery Lane to the downtown.
The first new restaurant to open recently is LoMo, a farm-to-table restaurant specializing in charcuterie, small plates, homemade pasta and wood-fired pizza. The establishment opened in the former Green Monkey space on Pleasant Street Oct. 15. Since then, chef/owner Dan Dumont said the response from the community has been strong.
"It's been really good," Dumont said. "We've seen a lot of locals and a lot of industry people come in."
The restaurant features a different meat selection each day, something Dumont said both he and chef de cuisine Matt Audette are very excited about. With an ever-changing menu, LoMo will embrace each season with the best and most seasonal ingredients available, he said.
"We've got a good mix of fresh-made pastas, seafood and local meats," Dumont said.
The restaurant also features an extensive local beer list, as well as creative cocktail selections and a unique wine list, he said.
The restaurant has 48 seats, but Dumont said he intends to expand into the space next door in the near future.
The city's West End also saw a new restaurant open this week.
Aaron Jones, owner of Mojo's BBQ Grill & Tavern, opened Tavola on Oct. 23 in the former location of The Exchange. The restaurant features a classic Italian-American experience and a menu featuring chicken parmesan, lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs, as well as signature Italian dishes and pizza.
The next restaurant to open is Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a popular chain restaurant that specializes in burgers, hot dogs, grilled sandwiches, fries and peanuts.
Franchise owner Cort Mendes said earlier this week that he will officially open the door to the Lafayette Road location on Monday, Oct. 28. The eatery in the Yoken's Commons plaza will welcome customers beginning at 11 a.m., said Mendes, who also owns franchises in Derry, Dover, Keene, Manchester and Nashua.
Mendes has hired 45 people to staff the new franchise location.
Also expected to open next week is the Cemita Shack, a new venture from STREET owners Michelle Lozuaway and Josh Lanahan. Lozuaway said the new eatery, located in the former Taco Bell at Southgate Plaza, will open sometime next week. The restaurant is named after a popular menu item called a cemita, which consists of either a juicy fried chicken thigh or veggie burger, with avocado, Mexican fried cheese, cilantro, chipotle mayonnaise and pickled onion, all on a sesame seed bun.
Lozuaway said fans should continue to look for updates on the restaurant's Facebook page.
"We've already been cooking in the kitchen," she said. "We're really taking our time trying to open. We want to be prepared."
With 70 seats, Lozuaway said the restaurant will offer a variety of food.
Rather than offer beer, wine or liquor for sale, patrons will be allowed to bring their own alcoholic beverages, Lozuaway said. There will be fresh-squeezed juices and other concoctions available to patrons, she added.
Next month, the city will welcome a new restaurant specializing in creative burgers, hand-cut fries, craft beer and "adult" milkshakes. The new eatery, BRGR Bar, will open at Portwalk Place in November. The eatery comes from local restaurateur Phelps Dieck, the original chef, creator and owner of Brazo. BRGR Bar will serve creative burgers, accompanied by original salads, hand-cut fries with pick-your-own sauces, and a vast selection of local craft beers and wines.