By: Elizabeth Dinan, Seacoastonline.com
PORTSMOUTH -- There are 30,615 restaurant seats in the city, 8,819 more than the number of residents and, as Health Inspector Kim McNamara noted, many of those seats turn over multiple times a day.
The health inspector said the numbers don’t include food inspected at temporary food-focused events, or the farmer’s market.
“So there’s a significant amount of food served in Portsmouth,” she said.
All those meals are economic boosts for both the city and the state, said Valerie Rochon, president of the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth. She said the chamber has supported two 10-day restaurant week events each year for the past 10 years.
“The restaurants call them 10 days of Saturday nights,” she said, calling Portsmouth a culinary destination.
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