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Elisha's in Milford, NH closing

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Just passed by today and saw the notice posted on their board outside; details are in this article:


I can't say I'm entirely surprised, since the handful of times I've eaten there, the food was pretty bad and it was nearly empty. Still, it's always too bad when a local place can't make it. I just hope whatever opens in its place isn't a chain restaurant!

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  1. Sorry, but it's been lousy for years. Tastes change, and restaurants close when they get stuck in the 1980's.

      1. re: PutneySwope

        The phrase "mediocre at best" always came to mind the couple of occasions I made the error of dining there over the years.

        1. re: Dave B

          It may not ( and hopefully won't ) become a chain, but I think chains were part of the reason for its downfall. When I first moved to Milford 13 years ago, 101 between Milford and Nashua was just starting to become heavily developed. Today there are a lot of casual dining chains ( Texas Roadhouse, Unos, Longhorn, Five Guys ) along there. There is also Amigos a stone's throw away and the recently opened Granite Town Tavern and the remodeled Giorgio's all right in Milford. Whether you like those places or not , they all drew the same customer base that Elisha's was going after .

          A nice Asian place would be great. Milford already has FIVE Chinese places . Something different would be a nice change of pace.

      2. It was very popular in the 70's; known as a pizza house with a rollickin' bar (and a 'specially fine bar pianist at the time). But like the 70's themselves, it began to fade and become more or less an uninspired pizza-lunch place with a kind of smokey dark sad atmosphere that seemed to take its toll of the food, atmosphere, and (apparently) the restaurant itself. (It didn't help that the owner and head of operations were both heavy smokers.)

        The time has come for a 21st century ownership to replace this restaurant. Let's see if someone's willing to give it a try.

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        1. re: bunnyr

          I've heard from someone in the area that it may become an upscale Asian restaurant.

          1. re: solargarlic

            Hmmmm, maybe another branch of Lilac Blossom?

            Lilac Blossom Restaurant
            385 E Dunstable Rd Ste B, Nashua, NH 03062

            1. re: SuperGrover

              Maybe we can entice the guy who ran the French Bistro to come back?

              1. re: whs

                Assuming he gets his immigration papers in order. IIRC his visa ran out and he had to go back to Canada.

        2. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/8...

          New owner is reopening the place on December 1st, but who knows what the menu will be.

          1. Update: drove by yesterday and there is a sign up: Cherry Blossom Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Not open yet.

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            1. re: whs

              I drive by there all the time, I'd be happy to report when it opens :)!

              1. re: whs

                The Cherry Blossom is now open.

                1. re: granitegirl

                  I grabbed a sushi roll for take-out last night. The place is Chinese and Japanese, with a nice looking sushi bar. They had a huge sushi menu, and I ordered one that said "rice paper", but it essentially ended up being like a Vietnamese or Thai summer roll. It was good nonetheless. They have the usual Chinese restaurant offerings, with a pretty large "Chef's Specials" section, though nothing from there looked too adventurous. Right now they are not serving alcohol, but the bar area was quite big.

                  1. re: solargarlic

                    Well, I'm glad to hear it was decent sushi--it'll be nice to have somewhere so close. I admit I had my reservations when I saw the kind of restaurant it was going to be; there seems to be quite a bit of mediocre Chinese food in the area. If it's good, fresh, sushi, I'll be stopping in soon. How were the prices? Do you know if they deliver?

                    1. re: Tante

                      No delivery. Didn't seem too pricey to me, but I didn't compare to other places.

                      1. re: Tante

                        Quite a bit of mediocre Oriental food is an understatement. By my count this is the SEVENTH Oriental place in Milford. Insane for a town its size.

                2. place was a swill hole and the food was gross...watch the local drunks stagger out of there at 130pm...

                  good riddance