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Manhattan on Pearl morphs into Stella Blu (Nashua NH)

whs Nov 12, 2008 04:56 PM

Nashua Telegraph had an article today about new ownership at the former MoP--it's now called Stella Blu, continuing the tapas and cocktails theme. Best news though: Jared, "Nashua's unofficial 'mixologist'" will be heading up the bar. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/apps/p...

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    BackBayGirl RE: whs Nov 13, 2008 08:49 AM

    The owner of MOP, Lisa, was awful!! I hope she is not involved w/ the new venture. Good riddance! Jared on the other hand is great and a customer favorite. I know he'll make the bar scene at least a good place.

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      BackBayGirl RE: whs Nov 13, 2008 08:54 AM

      Ok then, let's say hooray to new management! And hooray that Jared's at the bar!

      1. AbeFroman RE: whs Nov 13, 2008 10:01 AM

        Interesting bit of news. While, anything, ANYTHING replacing MOP should be an improvement, color me skeptical about the cocktails. The fact that they're calling it a "martini list" doesn't usually bode well: a conical glass with sweet ingredients does not a martini make. Furthermore, If this is the same person responsible for the "Unums" list -- which I just checked out for the first time -- tutti fruiti and overpriced "-tinis" that IMO are the current scourge of NH bars might turn out to be their specialty. But I digress, I should withhold my judgement until I see a menu (theirs isn't up yet) or hear early reports.

        Oh, and as an aside: what's with the pattern of NH nightspots ripping off Blue/Blu-suffix names from other locales? Upon googling "Stella Blu", a well-established resto in Philly was the top result. Isn't that a problem? In Manchester, there was a nightclub that opened its doors as "Whiskey Blue" a few years ago and were subsequently forced to change their name when faced with a lawsuit by the owners of the name... who were already operating bars of the same moniker in W Hotels. Though the name "Stella Blu" isn't all that catchy, let's hope they don't have to change it to "SB's"! ; )-

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          whs RE: AbeFroman Nov 13, 2008 05:26 PM

          Now that you mention it, isn't there a Patisserie Blu in downtown Nashua?

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            AbeFroman RE: whs Nov 13, 2008 07:04 PM

            Sacrebleu! You're right!

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              JollyRoger RE: whs Feb 25, 2010 11:48 AM

              Patisserie Bleu Should be Bleue, feminine, to agree with Pattisserie, feminine.

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              bewley RE: AbeFroman Nov 13, 2008 10:02 PM

              In Portsmouth there used to be Blue Strawberry.

              Now, there's Pesce Blue and the Blue Mermaid.

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              HBIGGUY RE: whs Jan 15, 2009 04:08 AM

              Stella Blu is making it's own mark in just a little over two months. I have found the tapa's menu to be a refreshing break from the more expensive plates being offered in the downtown area. As a repeat patron, I find the menu interesting, although it still appears to be in developement. My favorite items so far have been the "duck" fries, and the fish tacos. Many, if not most of the tapas are under $10 which is a welcome break from some of the pricing that has been going on in Nashua. Jared is in charge of the bar, and working his genius most nights. While still developing it's own identity, SB is a nice place to go have a great drink and a light dinner.

              1. whs RE: whs Jan 25, 2009 12:33 PM

                Reviewed in today's Boston Globe:
                http://www.boston.com/ae/food/restaur...

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                  bewley RE: whs Jan 26, 2009 02:30 PM

                  Sounds very nice and promising. Let's pray they survive.

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