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Nov 29, 2008 10:33 AM

New Restaurant in Manchester, NH ?

Just heard about a new restaurant opening in Manchester. I believe the name is Firefly American Bistro on Concord St. Anybody have any info about this new place ? I can't imagine trying to open a new restaurant in this economic environment.

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    1. I had not heard of this place opening, and I live in manchester! I think they need to invest in some marketing, or hire a good PR person.

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      1. re: gryphonskeeper

        I agree but from what I read and heard they are opening

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        Meanwhile, the loan fund has leveraged a new downtown restaurant. Opening in November 2008, Firefly American Bistro & Bar will offer comfort food redefined. The epitome of the quintessential neighborhood bar and grill, Firefly will present a unique blend of traditional and contemporary in both food and d├ęcor, along with a little local flair. Located in the newly-rehabilitated historic building at 22 Concord Street, Firefly will be open daily at11:00am serving lunch and dinner. Owners Diane Downing and David Becker received a $70,000 loan on October 3 to support the opening of the new downtown restaurant, which will create over 20 new jobs.

        1. re: whs

          whs, I TRUST your opinion because I know you are a regular local poster, and not a one hit wonder. Have you tried this place? And, is it the "Firefly American Bistro" chain restaurant? If it is, I am not interested in visiting it at all.... The last thing Manchester needs is more mediocre chain food!

          1. re: gryphonskeeper

            Thanks for the kind words! Let's hope it's a worthy addition to the Manchester food scene.

            1. re: whs

              whs, I just bought a couple gift certificates from They just listed them in the past couple days. You know I will give a solid 100% honest opinion after I go. I did not see a website listed, so I do not think its the chain restaurant, but even if it is I will give it the benefit of the doubt. My flight arrives home from Ft Lauderdale tomorrow, so I will try to get there before the weekend (spent 2 weeks down here and missed all that lovely snow/ice back home). Wish me luck.

              1. re: gryphonskeeper

                Lucky you--you're missing ice storm #2 today!

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          1. Does this spot have a web site or a menu posted online? I did some google-ing, but didn't come up with anything.

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            1. re: Rabbit

              The website is: ... Unfortunately, there's no menu up yet, just some teasers. Definitely waiting on early reports before investing a visit during my next visit to my fair Queen City.

              I too hope to hear that they're a nice addition to the dining scene... the city wouldn't suffer to see more sophisticated chef-owned spots like Richard's and Z - where you can enjoy a good meal without the glow of oversized plasma screen TVs playing SportsCenter.

              P.S. I can't be the only Chowhounder who isn't a *little* wary of the Black Brimmer connection mentioned in the UL, right? I mean butchering experience would be one thing to admire in a new restaurant owner, but running a "meat market" is a whole 'nother... ;)

              1. re: AbeFroman

                Thanks, Abe! Reads like it might be competition for Cotton? I agree that Manchester needs some new up-per-scale options... hopefully this will be a promising addition.

                1. re: AbeFroman

                  You are smack on the spot with that one Abe. The main reason I no longer go to the Brimmer is because of the atmosphere.