Flurry of new restaurants opening in ManchesterBy MICHAEL COUSINEAU
New Hampshire Union Leader
July 13. 2018 2:04PM
MANCHESTER — If anyone is hungry, more new restaurants are in the offing.
The 110 Grill, which dubs itself as offering an “upscale-casual atmosphere,” started hiring this week for its downtown location at 875 Elm St.
It plans to hire 90 people to work at the 240-seat restaurant at the corner of Elm and Manchester streets in the Citizens Bank building. The eatery also will operate 50 outdoor seats for lunch and dinner.
“We’re obviously looking for new areas where we can grow both in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as well as outside New England,” said Alicia Puputti, 110 Grill’s director of marketing.
The chain operates restaurants in Nashua, Rochester and Stratham. A new one in West Lebanon is slated to open later this year, she said.
The BRGR Bar, which planned to go in the same building, now is looking at opening in Bedford and is in lease negotiations for space.
“We are trying to get around this area; stayed tuned,” said Carolyn Dagostino, director of operations at two other BRGR Bar locations, including one in Portsmouth.
Meanwhile, the former Tommy K’s on Brown Avenue is becoming a Rounders Sports Bar & Grill.
The new restaurant — to open this month — will offer fresh seafood and typical sports bar fare, according to Charbel Dagher, principal of Charbel Realty LLC, which owns the property.
Former Ward 8 Alderman and Rep. Tommy Katsiantonis previously owned the business but ran into legal problems.
Last May, a judge sentenced him to 1½ to 3 years in prison for stealing nearly $600,000 meant for state tax coffers regarding his two restaurants, Grand Slam Pizza II and Tommy K’s. Grand Slam Pizza II is also under new ownership.
Dagher declined to discuss Katsiantonis.
“That’s a long story,” he said.
On South Willow Street, Popeyes and Firehouse Subs are landing at 665 S. Willow St., according to developer Dick Anagnost, who has teamed up with Brady Sullivan Properties on the project.
Kung Fu Tea, a Chinese tea room, also has signed a lease along with Glossy Nails, Anagnost said.
The building’s shell should be finished in mid-August followed by preparing the individual space for each tenant.
“I don’t have a firm schedule yet,” Anagnost said.