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March 31. 2014 6:42PM

Downtown Manchester restaurants add owners

MANCHESTER — One owner is out and two new ones today officially join the restaurant company that owns Ignite Bar and Grille and Hooked Seafood Restaurant, the side-by-side eateries on the 100-block of Hanover Street.

Effective today, Bedford residents Melissa Crews and Ann Masterson will join Tumseen "Gucci" Qureshi as partners in Granite Eats LLC, the company that owns the two restaurants, Qureshi said.

Her father, Neville Pereira, is no longer a partner with Qureshi in the two restaurants, Qureshi said.

Details of the ownership change are confidential, Qureshi said.

The three had been discussing the partnership for about a month, Masterson said. Both she and Qureshi said the two restaurants are operating well already.

"We're going into everything knowing it's not broken; we don't need to fix anything," said Masterson, a former manager of Bullfinch's restaurant in Sudbury, Mass. Crews is married to Andy Crews, the president and owner of AutoFair.

Qureshi said she has been running Ignite for five years, and Hooked for about three years. Each restaurant has separate entrances and kitchens, and customers can order from either menu.

The restaurants are located on the busy downtown block between Elm and Chestnut streets. They are open for lunch and dinner six days a week and closed on Sundays.

"They're just small and quaint have a lot of style," Masterson said.

Qureshi said Pereira will still be around to give the new owners guidance.

In October, police arrested Pereira on misdemeanor charges of sexual assault, indecent exposure and lewdness, involving an alleged exposure to an employee.

The court case has since moved to Hillsborough County Superior Court-North, a move usually done when a defendant wants a jury trial.

A trial management conference is scheduled for next week.

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