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Mar 7, 2011 11:28 AM

New places coming to Nashua

We all know about Crush (about 3 more weeks!) and Great Harvest Bread.

I've heard that Teavana and Cheesecake Factory are coming to the Pheasant Lane Mall.

Also heard to expect two more chains to be opening somewhere in town this year.

Have any of you heard about anything else?

Oh, the owner of Valentino's is opening a place where Sky Market was and his wife is opening a southern food place near Captain's Corner.

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  1. Cheesecake Factory? Good lord. I have no interest in the food but I can see me buying a lot of cheesecake :(

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    1. re: SuperGrover

      Ha ha, same here. Food, blah. Cheesecake, yum!

      1. re: rizzo0904

        Where in Pheasant Lane are they going to go? The space that Dicks Sporting Goods is renovating where Macy's used to be? It's not like Nashua needs another casual dining chain, but that said they will probably do well there.

        And what are the other two chains?

        1. re: Msample

          Yup, Teavana and Cheesecake are going where Dick's is going.

          I think one chain may be going where On The Border used to be but I have no idea what other chains we are getting.

    2. O'Brien's Sports Bar is opening soon at 118 Main Street

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      1. re: rizzo0904

        I really hope this is a legit sports with decent food and great seating (including tables). I'd love to find a casual place to go to and be able to watch a game. I saw the Facebook page, but it doesn't have much info yet!

        Speaking of bars...Granite Town Tavern in Milford is closed, and is being renovated. It is set to open by St. Patrick's Day as Clark's Tavern. The only info I found about it was the LaBonte facebook page, they are doing the work on it.

        1. re: solargarlic

          Wow, that didn't last long. Any word on the bagel place across the street?

          1. re: Msample

            I know, kind of a bummer, but I guess no one in Milford wants to go to a decent bar! So the place on the corner, originally for the bagel shop is going to be an apartment, to be rented out weekly/weekend basis. The bagel shop is still going in, and is located in the old Biker Chick shop (South St., by Amigo's). I haven't walked by there in awhile, and I haven't been able to find any info online about them.

            1. re: solargarlic

              A short term apartment on the town oval ?? Um, OK.....

              I went to GST a couple times. Not bad, the food was OK could have been worse. But the town does lack a decent pub. Pasta Loft is sort of a townie hangout .

              I'll keep my expectations low for the bagel place. I'd love to see what The Good Loaf could do with bagels, but last I asked she had no plans to expand in that direction, which is probably wise.

              1. re: Msample

                lol, my husband was baffled about the apt. as well. I was only glad that when my family comes to visit, they will have a place to stay that is close by!

                GST was definitely the cleanest bar in town, had a great beer list too. Kilkenny's has an awesome list, but is still a dive bar. The issue with the food was mostly in that they were so limited with the kitchen they had. The new owner will be expanding the menu.

          2. re: solargarlic

            wish Chowhound had a 'like' button! I agree with your wishes on a good sports bar.

          3. re: rizzo0904

            O'Briens is participating in Feast Week so they must be opening soon. Here is the menu:

            O’Brien’s Sports Bar
            118 Main Street, (603) 718.8604
            Offer available Tuesday – Friday

            Dinner: Three Course Prix-Fixe Dining, $25

            First Course, choice of:
            -New England Clam Chowder
            -Chicken Wings – Crispy, fried wings tossed in any of their 3 sauces
            -Irish Nachos – Sliced potatoes topped with peppers, onion, jalapenos, and melted monterey cheddar jack cheese
            -Wedge Salad – 1/4 head of iceberg lettuce topped with red onion, applewood smoked bacon, and a creamy blue cheese dressing

            Second Course, choice of:
            -Fish & Chips – Atlantic Haddock, breaded in panko bread crumbs, deep fried, and served with a generous portion of french fries
            -Baked Lobster Mac & Cheese – Cavatapii pasta covered in a creamy 3 cheese sauce with chopped bacon and a crunchy cracker crumb topping
            -Grilled Salmon – Fresh cut salmon fillet, brushed with olive oil and herbs, grilled and served on a bed of creamy mushroom risotto
            -Grilled Steak Tips – tender juicy steak tips marinated in their own blend of herbs and spices, grilled, and served with a side of creamy parmesan risotto

            Third Course:
            -Warm Brownie Sundae – Warm fresh baked brownie served with hot fudge, caramel sauce, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream

            Main Street Cafe
            888 Main St, Westbrook, ME 04092


              Burton's Grill and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers according to this article.

              Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
              52 Stephen King Dr, Augusta, ME 04330

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              1. re: Msample

                I had originally heard that Cheesecake was supposed to be there - glad that Burton's is taking it's place. Now don't yell, but I would have been happy if P.F. Changs went in there - it's my mother-in-laws favorite place & it's not half bad as far as chains go. Haven't tried Burton's yet - has anybody tried it yet? I know they have a couple of them in Mass.

              2. Sigh, Crush has a little blurb in this week's Hippo stating mid-April as the opening date. I'm beginning to wish I didn't even know about this place opening, I don't have enough patience to wait!

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                1. re: solargarlic

                  Saw a couple of guys coming out of there late (about 11:30PM) last nite so they're hard at work on the place. Was just coming back from MT's Local, which was actually pretty good (but A LOT louder than Michael Timothy's), so I'll be a "good 'houd" & thow in a review here.
                  They've knocked down a couple of walls & redecorated, with more kitchen knic-nacks but no more local art (or live music). Pretty busy there about 9PM on Friday, but we had no wait for a party of 4 (but we were seated on the "bar side" of the restaurant, not in the main room). I wasn't too hungry, so all I got was a main (as did my hubby), but the other couple started with the oysters (from the old Mickael Timothy's menu - they did keep a couple of things from that) & the field salad. They were nice enough to split it in the kitchen, & looked very fresh. Hubby tried one of the oysters & said they were very good. They were removed from the shell, wrapped in oven dried tomato & prociutto, put back into the shell, & then baked with a spinach hollandaise sauce.
                  For mains, 2 of us (including me) got the haddock, which was oven roasted, & served over chive spaetzel (which had a little crunch from either a quick pan fry or from the oven roasting) & a lobster/mushroom (I got mine minus the mushrooms) marsala cream sauce. The fish was very light & fresh - & it seemed like they even put a little bread crumb on top so help "capture" some of the VERY yummy sauce.
                  Now, I'm not a huge marsala fan (it can sometimes be too sweet), but this was one of the best sauces I've ever had of any type! Not sweet at all, with a nice creamy finish (& I think some type of tomato paste/sauce in there too). I could have drunk a whole bowl of that as a soup appetizer & would have been happy!
                  The spaetzel is another thing I have to "be in the mood for" but my hubby loves it so that's why I thought I'd try the haddock since he usually ends up finishing my dinner but he's lucky I saved him some - this was some of the best spaetzel I've ever had! It had great flavor, & the crispy parts were even better than the usual soft parts. I can see dish becoming my "go to" dish there - sort of like the miso grilled salmon is at Surf - & have already "warned" my hubby we have to go back soon so I can get this again (yup - it was that good).
                  Huppy got the the shrimp & smoked tomatoes over spagettini in a scallion/pesto cream sauce, which I thought was OK. The pasta seemed to be either house made or bought fresh, & it was a nice light dish without being too heavy from the cream. The other main was a wood grilled swordfish special, over served over a smoked or oven roasted tomato risotto with a rasin & some other fruit (can't remember what) sauce. Looked yummy (all of the plates had great presentation) & that was inhaled quickly so I guess he liked it!
                  Didn't do desert, but they did keep the creme brulee & molten chocolate cake from the old Michael Timothy's which were 2 of my favorites.
                  Speaking of Surf, Michael will be opening another Surf in Portsmouth, NH soon (it's already posted on the website). Also heard that When Pigs Fly is hard at work on a new restaurant/bar in Kittery, ME near the outlets.

                  1. re: southie_chick

                    When Pigs Fly is opening a bakery/pizzeria on Rt. 1 just north of their present Kittery bread outlet. It is probably no more than a quarter mile north of the last outlet plaza. If you pass the Kittery rest area entrance, you have gone too far.
                    Hopefully, it will help provide outlet shoppers with another restaurant that is not a chain.
                    There really only seem's to be Robert's Grill and Bob's Clam Hut in that area.

                    Bob's Clam Hut
                    RR 1, Kittery, ME 03904

                    1. re: Lighthousehunter

                      This thread was about openings in the Nashua, NH area. This is great news about WPF, but I'm afraid it would get lost in this should make a new topic about the opening so people looking for info about Kittery can find it. I know I would want to find good places to eat when I go shopping up there :).

                  2. re: solargarlic

                    Crush has updated the website. They will be serving beer and wine. They will have salads and apps in addition to pizza.

                    Tony - will you open already?!?!?!

                    1. re: rizzo0904

                      Ha, I did notice that as well, but I saw that there was no official menu up yet. I figure once that goes up, it won't be long! Kind of crazy how many opening dates for them have come and gone. I don't really mind, I understand that opening a new restaurant is a huge undertaking, but I kind of feel like a little kid who couldn't wait for a sleepover, only to find out that morning that you couldn't go...know what I mean?

                      They did have a pic of the oven seasoning this week, so that's a good sign!

                      1. re: solargarlic

                        Crush opens May 31 according to his facebook!!

                        1. re: rizzo0904

                          This place is getting so built up with hype for nothing. I never thought I'd be irritated about a restaurant not opening on schedule. I guess it's connected to my underlying frustration with the lousy pizza of Southern NH and the Greater Boston area.

                          1. re: ecwashere7

                            Ha, I couldn't agree more! (though I am very excited by the prospect of good pizza nearby) They made a lot of mistakes in making announcements without being certain about the opening. Obviously they've done a good job in getting their name out there, but clearly they've also created some negativity along with it. It's hard not feeling frustrated when you feel like someone has promised you something, only to take it back. Not to say it's not understandable, that things happened out of their control, but a business owner does have some responsibility when advertising to future guests.

                            Anyway, they have so much to live up to, I hope they can handle their opening...not everybody is willing to give a place a second chance after a bad experience. I think their product is going to be really good for the most part, but I think they may have a tough time keeping up with the numbers.

                            1. re: solargarlic

                              I think this is true for just about all new restaurants. Has one ever opened on time? Ever ? Mint Bistro has been one I have been keeping an eye on. Their policy of keeping their customers totally in the dark is just as bad in some ways. Between contractors and inspectors, I think the combo of the two makes any sort of exact date planning a crapshoot.

                              Mint Bistro
                              Manchester, NH, Manchester, NH

                              1. re: Msample

                                You're right about that...a restaurant opening on time is pretty much an oxymoron. While it's good to share your progress, it's another thing to advertise opening dates without being certain, but this is an extreme case where they had posted several dates before really being ready. Either way, I'm still looking forward to it...staying unbiased til I eat their pizza!

                                1. re: solargarlic

                                  I think a combination of being new to both opening anything as well as dealing with builders and inspectors was a bad combo. My job, our real estate department is constantly changing dates around at the last minute.

                                  1. re: solargarlic

                                    solargarlic, are you involved in Crush? One of your early posts said you were planning on opening a Italian restaurant. Is this it?

                                    1. re: whs

                                      No no no :) not involved at all! I swear, if I was, I wouldn't be talking so much about it on here (been on here too long to possibly ruin it by doing that!) No Italian restaurant for us, though I do wish this was ours! I kind of worry that this area is really looking for something all that different...maybe a few of us are, but not the majority.

                                  2. re: Msample

                                    Mint Bistro is not reopening.

                                    1. re: whs

                                      That's too bad. I liked it the few times I went. Is there an article or do you have some inside info?

                                      1. re: Msample

                                        restaurant scuttlebutt in Manchester.

                                      2. re: whs

                                        That is not correct. My co-worker knows the owners. Contractor is behind schedule. Bar is in. No date set. But they will reopen with lower priced/smaller portioned meals.

                                        1. re: rizzo0904

                                          Well if that is the case, they should at least take the 60 seconds necessary to update their Facebook page every once in a while. If people have heard rumors that they are not going to re-open, then some sort of update would be wise.

                                            1. re: whs

                                              After a long period of silence Mint Bistro has posted on their Facebook page that they are opening in a few weeks.

                                              Mint Bistro
                                              Manchester, NH, Manchester, NH

                                2. re: solargarlic

                                  Pretty good pizza, excellent and different wings. Been here a few times now and I'd recommend it. Quality reminiscent of Flatbread.

                                3. O'Shea's Tavern and Cigar Bar is opening about 2 doors down from Crush. All it says is coming soon.

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                                  1. re: rizzo0904

                                    Every time you mention a place opening I immediately search Google for some news...found some info on Facebook from December (!) saying they hope to open soon. What's with that spot?? Seems like everyone trying to build there gets held up somehow...