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New Hampshire's first b.good opens in Nashua

Union Leader Correspondent

September 03. 2014 7:48PM
From left, Anthony Ackil and Jon Olinto have opened a new b.good restaurant at 219 Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua. (KIMBERLY HOUGHTON/Union Leader Correspondent)

NASHUA — New Hampshire’s first b.good restaurant opened its doors on Wednesday in the Gate City, and hopes to build at least two more facilities in the Granite State.

“The whole idea behind our restaurant is to offer real food made by real farmers and real people — not factories,” said Anthony Ackil, co-founder of b.good, a fast-casual restaurant serving handmade, all-natural menu items.

Using fresh produce, sustainably raised beef, locally grown kale, tomatoes and potatoes, b.good is providing an alternative to unhealthy, processed food served at other fast food establishments.

“Whatever you order here, you can feel good about eating,” said Ackil, adding his company partners with New England farms to offer incredibly fresh ingredients for kale and quinoa bowls, salads, turkey burgers, veggie burgers and more.

B.good opened on Wednesday at 219 Daniel Webster Highway near the new Noodles & Company restaurant.

“We are expecting this to be a very busy restaurant for us,” said Ackil.

His business partner, Jon Olinto, said b.good has been hoping to expand into New Hampshire for quite some time. B.good has several facilities in Massachusetts, but has wanted to add restaurants in Nashua, Portsmouth and Manchester for a few years, according to Olinto.

With most of the restaurant’s beef sourced from Maine, Olinto said it makes sense to build more b.good facilities in the Granite State.

Ackil agreed, saying he envisions maybe two or three more b.good restaurants opening in New Hampshire in the next few years.

Olinto and Ackil opened their first b.good about 10 years ago in Boston, and will have 20 restaurants in operation by the end of the year.

B.good is known for its roof-top garden in Boston where the company grows its own tomatoes. In Nashua, the b.good site has its own small garden just outside of the restaurant where three beds of kale are already growing.

“We really want to be involved in the community and get to know the people of Nashua,” said Olinto, who anticipates working with city organizations and schools to promote healthy nutrition and locally sourced foods.

Aside from meals, b.good also serves smoothies, shakes and cold pressed juices.

“Our food is very simple, and that seems to be what people want right now —simple and all natural,” he said. “Everything is made to order, and everything is made fresh.”

B.good’s tomatoes are grown at Allendale Farm in Jamaica Plain, Mass., while its corn is grown at Farmer’s Garden in Rehoboth, Mass. Its peaches come from Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Conn., and its greek yogurt is made at Green Mountain Creamery in Burlington, Vt.

About 15 employees have been hired at the new Nashua restaurant, although about five or 10 more workers will eventually be added.

It will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

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