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Elisha's in Milford, NH closing

Tante Aug 27, 2010 02:34 PM

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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    ctroutman Jan 30, 2011 07:05 PM

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

    good riddance

    1. whs Dec 12, 2010 10:26 AM

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

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        solargarlic Dec 12, 2010 10:53 AM

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

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          granitegirl Feb 7, 2011 08:22 AM

          The Cherry Blossom is now open.

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            solargarlic Feb 7, 2011 12:47 PM

            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.

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              Tante Feb 7, 2011 02:16 PM

              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?

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                solargarlic Feb 7, 2011 03:31 PM

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

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                  Msample Feb 7, 2011 06:30 PM

                  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. bunnyr Aug 31, 2010 07:47 AM


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

            1. bunnyr Aug 29, 2010 06:08 PM

              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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                solargarlic Aug 29, 2010 08:30 PM

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

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                  SuperGrover Aug 30, 2010 09:39 AM

                  Hmmmm, maybe another branch of Lilac Blossom?

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

                  1. re: SuperGrover
                    whs Aug 30, 2010 04:35 PM

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

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                      Msample Aug 31, 2010 07:20 AM

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

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                PutneySwope Aug 27, 2010 04:33 PM

                I will not miss it either!

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                  Dave B Aug 28, 2010 08:41 AM

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

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                    Msample Aug 30, 2010 08:20 AM

                    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. whs Aug 27, 2010 04:04 PM

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

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