By: Jeff Feingold, NH Business Review
Bedford-based restaurant chain Great NH Restaurants has filed suit against digital food deliver companies Doordash and GrubHub over their unauthorized use of logos and menus on their websites an apps.
Great NH Hampshire Restaurants, which owns the restaurants T-Bones, CJ’s Great West Grill, Cactus Jack’s and The Copper Door, is seeking a permanent injunction and damages, including the profits the companies made through its restaurants.
The website Law Street reported that in the suit, Great NH says that, in addition to allowing restaurants to partner with them, Doordash and GrubHub will use a restaurant’s website or menu to add more options to their service without consulting the restaurant. This can lead to discrepancies in the menus between the restaurant and the options available on the delivery app.
By: John Thompson, fosters.com
PORTSMOUTH – Seacoast diners and foodies have three things to appreciate in 2020′s James Beard Award semi-finalist announcements, including two recognitions in national categories.The Seacoast has had semi-finalists for nine of the last ten years. The annual honors are the U.S. culinary world’s equivalent of the Oscars.
Jay McSharry and the Black Trumpet Bistro have both taken some of national spotlight this year, the first time the Seacoast has had two nominees beyond the regional categories.
Chef David Vargas of Vida Cantina has received his second consecutive semi-finalist recognition for Best Chef in the Northeast, recognizing his adventurous take on modern Mexican food. The semifinalists will be pared down to a shortlist of nominees on March 25 ahead of the James Beard Gala Awards on May 4 at The Lyric Opera of Chicago.
By: Paul Cuno-Booth, Sentinel Staff
If you own a restaurant in Keene, you can expect a visit from a health inspector about every six months. But cross into Swanzey, Marlborough or another neighboring town, and it’s a different story.
In those communities, as in much of New Hampshire, many restaurants routinely go two years between inspections.
Main Crust Co. in Marlborough and Jeanne’s Family Diner in Swanzey, for example, were both inspected in May 2017 and again in June 2019, according to state inspection data. Nick’s, a seafood and steak restaurant in Swanzey, was inspected in May 2017 and again in May 2019. On opening a brand-new space a few years ago, Audrey’s Cafe in Dublin was inspected twice, in August and October 2017. Another inspection wasn’t done until last month. (Each of the most recent inspections either had no violations or violations that were resolved on the spot, except for an issue with the configuration of a mop sink at Audrey’s.)
By: Jonathan Phelps, Union Leader
Before New Hampshire residents even hit the polls, the first-in-the-nation primary already had a winner: Airbnb hosts.
Airbnb estimates that in the two weeks leading up to the primary, 17,000 guests paid $2.7 million to stay in homes across the state, according to Christopher Nulty, the company's head of public affairs for the Americas. Airbnb is an online platform the connects people to short-term rental properties or homes.
Other economic winners across the state are hotels, restaurants, shops and car rental businesses, who benefit from the attention the Granite State receives in the weeks leading up to the primary every four years.
What's Working: As neighboring states raise minimum wage, NH companies could face pressure to pay more
By: Michael Cousineau, Union Leader
TERRY WADE boosted pay for some employees at her Nashua eatery, but don’t blame it on Massachusetts hiking its minimum wage by 75 cents an hour last week.
“I’ve just had to raise my rates to be competitive, but it has nothing to do with Massachusetts,” the owner of The City Room Cafe in Nashua said Friday.
The three states bordering New Hampshire all raised their minimum wage for 2020. Maine boosted its minimum by a buck an hour to $12 and Vermont by 18 cents to $10.96. Massachusetts now stands at $12.75.
“It might have a minimal effect on the border towns,” said Mike Somers, CEO and president of the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association.
By: Elizabeth Dinan, Seacoastonline.com
PORTSMOUTH -- A long legal fight, about whether the Gas Light Co. restaurant must enclose its outdoor deck, has ended with an agreement to install an enclosure over the deck, that opens and closes when the deck does.The dispute began in March 2016, when the city’s health department informed the Gas Light that, for the first time in 26 years, its outdoor bar would have to be enclosed to get a health permit to open for the 2017 season. The dispute also included debate about where rodents can and cannot be found in the city.
In response, the Gas Light filed a Superior Court lawsuit, while the outdoor bar remained uncovered. In August, the Gas Light’s lawyer Jon Flagg and City Attorney Robert Sullivan reached a settlement agreement that said resident and former Manchester health officer Richard DiPentima would serve as an impartial health inspector and whatever he decided should occur, would be accepted by the city and Gas Light owner Paul Sorli.
Assistant City Attorney Jane Ferrini said this week that DiPentima remains working with the Gas Light, they’d come to an agreement to enclose the deck and final plans for the enclosure will be reviewed “in late winter.” Ferrini said the goal is to have final inspection and approval in April, which is when the deck historically opens for the season.
By: Margaret McKenzie, Conway Daily Sun
BRETTON WOODS — Gov. Chris Sununu was the keynote speaker at the 100th meeting of the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association, which took place Monday at the Omni Mount Washington Resort
In his speech, Sununu touted the way New Hampshire does politics, with its 400 state representatives.
“It’s really about engaging singles, families and businesses through a process that is very unique. The fact that we have a state — you don’t have issues like you see in Florida or New York or California — God bless California, that place is a disaster — Washington, places like that. Again, where there’s very little input. The decision-makers stay in the capital, in the statehouse, in their little bubble where they do their thing. And everyone else is just subject to their whims, where ‘we’ll see you at the next election.’
By: Margaret McKenzie, Conway Daily Sun
BRETTON WOODS — The New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association hosted its 2019 Stars of the Industry Award Dinner on Monday at the Omni Mount Washington Resort, celebrating not only the group’s 100th anniversary but also the 2019 Industry Stars of the Year, a group that included several Mount Washington Valley restaurateurs.
Gov. Chris Sununu served as keynote speaker (see related story).
A new slate of NHLRA officers also was elected. Jay Bolduc of Great New Hampshire Restaurants of Laconia was named to succeed Pamela Bissonnette of Concord as new chair.
By: John Koziol, Union Leader
BRETTON WOODS -- As it gets ready to celebrate a century of service, the 800-plus member New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association is in a good place, says President and CEO Mike Somers, with a “food revolution” in Portsmouth, a booming statewide craft brewery scene, and a continued focus and expansion of sustainability and farm-to-table everything.
Founded in 1919, the NHLRA will commemorate that anniversary on Nov. 4 at the Omni Mount Washington Resort during its annual dinner, which will feature the presentation of its Stars of the Industry awards.
The gala will include a state-of-the-association address that Somers said will be mostly positive, despite the ongoing challenge for some members to hire and retain employees, he said in a recent interview.
By: John Koziol, Union Leader
BRETTON WOODS -- When the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association convenes Nov. 4 at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel for its 100th annual meeting, it will honor new and veteran head chefs as well as behind-the-scenes folk.
“Each year I am so impressed and humbled by our Stars of the Industry Award winners and this year is no exception,” said NHLRA President and CEO Mike Somers. “Their passion and dedication, both to their customers and to their careers, have had such a positive impact on their peers and communities.”
Here are the recipients: