By Ian Lenahan, Portsmouth Herald
PORTSMOUTH — Not even three full months since reopening after a winter hibernation due to COVID-19, the Striker announced this weekend will be its last in business before permanently closing its doors.
A local hub for live music, diverse menu options and drinks at the restaurant's downstairs Spring Hill Tavern, the Bow Street cornerstone, formerly named The Dolphin Striker, will end a run lasting nearly five decades since its opening in 1974.
Co-owner Chris MacDonald said that he and co-owners Pete Dizoglio, Billy Rogan and Dan Wright came to the conclusion to close the business in recent days after not receiving federal funding from the latest stimulus package.
By Caleb Symons, Sentinel Staff
Local restaurateur Gianluca “Luca” Paris has been tapped to lead the Greater Keene & Peterborough Chamber of Commerce when outgoing President and CEO Phil Suter retires later this summer.
Paris, who owns Luca’s Mediterranean Cafe in downtown Keene, was chosen to succeed Suter after an “extensive search,” the chamber announced Thursday.
By Jason Schreiber, Union Leader Correspondent
EXETER — The historic Exeter Inn will soon reopen to guests after closing to the public 10 months ago to serve as a dormitory for faculty and students from Phillips Exeter Academy during the pandemic.
The hotel at 90 Front St. has announced it will begin welcoming guests once again on July 1.
Epoch Gastropub, which is located at the hotel and is formerly known as the Epoch Restaurant & Bar, will also open its doors to diners at the same time.
By Ryan Lessard, Union Leader Correspondent
Earlier this month, a man walked into the Stumble Inn Bar and Grill in Londonderry and ordered two chili-and-cheese hot dogs, pickle chips, a Coke, a pint of Sam Adams seasonal beer and a Patron Silver tequila.
The tab came to $37.93.
The man left a $16,000 tip — more than 42,000%.
The bar manager checked the amount with the customer, who confirmed it. Given the size, the restaurant’s bank had to verify the amount, too.
By David Brooks, Concord Monitor
After years of effort, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport has finally lured a new budget airline, Florida-based Spirit Airways, and officials hope it marks the start of the airport’s rebirth after a decade of decline.
In particular, city and state officials hope Spirit’s arrival will echo the arrival of Southwest Airlines in 1998, which triggered a period in which Manchester-Boston was the fastest growing airport in the country.
By Paul Feely, New Hampshire Union Leader
A judge on Tuesday ordered seven insurance companies to pay a New Hampshire-based hotel company more than $100 million for losses related to the economic impact of COVID-19.
In granting a motion for summary judgment by Schleicher & Stebbins Hotels LLC and denying the cross-motion filed on behalf of the insurance companies, Merrimack County Superior Court Judge John C. Kissinger Jr. found that coverage is triggered where there is a “distinct and demonstrable alteration” to property.
Kissinger rejected the insurance companies’ argument that such changes to property “must be readily perceptible by one of the five senses, be incapable of remediation, or result in dispossession.”
By Jonathan Phelps, New Hampshire Union Leader
THE owner of an Irish pub on Elm Street in Manchester might be seen wearing cowboy boots at his new restaurant across the street.
Jim Pliakos, co-owner of Shaskeen Pub and Restaurant, now owns part of Bonfire Country Bar. The bar is known for its rustic decor and whimsical outdoor bar stools, which appear to give customers the rear-end of a cowboy, horse or a woman wearing polka-dot Daisy Dukes. The pictures are often shared on social media for kicks.
Pliakos joined longtime friend Patrick Mills, who has been general manager since it opened, in the partnership. Herget Hospitality Group in Maine previously owned the restaurant.
Faced with no semiconductor chips for their ordering machines, restaurants pivot away from human servers and toward contact-less ordering.
By Laura Reiley, The Washington Post
A lack of chips, computer not tortilla, is wreaking havoc on the already beleaguered restaurant and bar industry, the latest victim of a pandemic-induced worldwide shortage that has disrupted the manufacturing of smartphones, cars and more.
Computer chips are used in the systems that restaurants rely on to record customer meal orders and relay them to the kitchen. The chip shortage is creating headaches for existing restaurants and big barriers to entry for new restaurants.
By Paula Tracy, InDepthNH.org
The House of Representatives passed a bill that freezes the minimum wage for tipped employees, addressed several bills related to the state’s workforce housing crisis, and tackled an issue of municipal tax caps, during its second day of voting at the NH Sportsplex in Bedford.
The House also amended Senate Bill 103 to include language similar to House Bill 177, a bill relative to protecting state parks from landfills.
It voted 201-171 to pass an amended version of Senate Bill 137, which would freeze the minimum wage for tipped employees at $3.27 per hour. Supporters said that with tips, the wage is much higher and the Republican-backed Labor committee recommended its passage.
By Rachel Forrest, Special to Seacoastonline
PORTSMOUTH -- When Peter Egelston and his Northampton Brewery business partners in Massachusetts set out to find a location for a second brewpub back in 1990, they looked as far away as Tampa, Florida, and as close as Providence, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, but nothing really fit the bill.
“We were getting kind of discouraged, but someone suggested Portsmouth so we made a reservation at the Martin Hill Inn on Islington Street. We loved Portsmouth. We loved the vibe of the place," Egelston said, recalling his first look at the New Hampshire Seacoast city. "And then through other mutual acquaintances, we were introduced to a couple who was desperately trying to sell this building they owned on Market Street. They had seen a brewpub and thought that the building would make a great location for one and they put the word out.”