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What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

There are tons of places along the Killington Access rd, but they might not all be open yet. I've been there in late September and there have been several options. Certainly more than Fairlee had.

Oct 08, 2014
Msample in Northern New England

Speakeasy opening in Manchester

Hmm, if they are trying to emulate the wave of craft cocktail bars that has sprouted up in Boston I am wondering if Manch Vegas has a large enough customer base to support it - and the high prices that usually come with such a place.

Oct 07, 2014
Msample in Northern New England

Whole Foods Nashua??

Where is the Bedford one going?

I would agree that the small size is a bit underwhelming.

Aug 30, 2014
Msample in Northern New England

New Restaurant in Penalty Box Space (Causeway Street)?

Anyone know their hours ? Their Facebook page is pretty inactive and no luck on the phone.

Jul 11, 2014
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Top Chef Restaurant Wars

Todays Globe states that the show received 16,000 applicants and crashed the email account . That may explain some of the lack of response.

Restaurants with Parking

There is a decent sized public lot about a block NW of Craigie on Main off Bishop St that always has ample parking available when I've gone on Saturdays . And its only a 10 minute walk to the Kendall Sq area .

May 21, 2014
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Nashua area news?

I walked by today and it still looks like they aren't quite ready to open yet.

May 17, 2014
Msample in Northern New England

Milford Fish Market and Aspirations???

This appears to be the same article from the Cabinet, no paywall ( which is a joke for a site like the Telegraph ) .

http://www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabine...

Bottom line, I'd say its toast.

Apr 25, 2014
Msample in Northern New England

Whole Foods Nashua Nh

I can see it backing up to the Rt 3/Exit 8 traffic light easily. Gonna suck having to go to downtown Nashua via 101A from the west; I can see eastbound traffic backing up over the Rt 3 overpass as well.

Apr 22, 2014
Msample in Northern New England

Portland options [split from Boston]

Was in Portlad last month on a weekend mid afternoon and while the line outside Duckfat was insane, we had no problem getting a table at East Ender. Interesting menu, we were quite happy. And the fries were pretty good - maybe not as good as what I've heard about Duckfat, but still quite good.

Feb 11, 2014
Msample in Northern New England

Chen Yang Li Nashua NH closed?

Rt 101A westbound , exit 7 off Rt 3. Less than a mile down on the right.

Jan 13, 2014
Msample in Northern New England

Sweet Cheeks Q... worth the trip to try it?

Closer yes, but still out of the way. I don't drive out to BTs as a destination, but rather hit it when I am travelling to/from CT on 84 . Its literally about 1 minute off the highway. Winthrop is pretty far off the beaten path when I am in the Boston area.

Jan 09, 2014
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Sweet Cheeks Q... worth the trip to try it?

I have heard good things about Blackstrap. Problem is that it really is off the beaten path for me and many others I suspect; the temporary closure of the Callahan making it even more so.

Jan 08, 2014
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Sweet Cheeks Q... worth the trip to try it?

Lesters recently changed hands. I went a couple weeks ago and it wasn't as good as past visits, but one visit is obviously not a trend necessarily. I do wonder if turnover ( of food ) was a reason - the location is in a relatively quiet area.

Overall I'd still give the nod to BT's, but Lesters is certainly more convenient for a lot of people in the Boston area.

Whether you like the brisket at BT or not, one other advantage of them is that they always have specials, some of which are quite creative. This sets them apart from most other BBQ places. They post them on their Facebook page...its all I can do not to drive down there when I see of them.

Jan 03, 2014
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Nashua area news?

That would seem to be an unlikely spot for a Cheesecake Factory, which seems to always be located in a higher end mall or lifestyle center .

Oct 29, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Anything good to eat at Market St. Lynnfield?

It is the same developer as Legacy Place in Dedham, so expect chains.

http://www.marketstreetlynnfield.com/...

Aug 29, 2013
Msample in Greater Boston Area

No Name restaurant

Has their food actually gotten worse, or have your taste buds gotten more discerning ? I went there about 20 some odd years ago and remember it being decent; I am sure if I had the same exact meal today I'd be less charitable. Back then the options for seafood were a lot more limited than they are now.

Aug 27, 2013
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Whole Foods Nashua??

In a perfect world, they would allow you to access the parking lot directly from the exit 7S offramp from RT 3 South. Probably not enough room to slow down though.

Whole Foods Nashua??

Whether you have a jughandle or a left turn only lane, that stretch of 101A is narrower than it is further west. Traffic even now gets backed up . Its going to suck no matter what they do, esp when WF first opens.

Aug 15, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Whole Foods Nashua??

I too was thinking the Bedford size format is about what it will be. Its been a while since I have been in the now closed MB, but I think it was bigger than the Bedford WF.

While I would love to see something on the scale of the mega Dedham WF go in, I know it wouldn't be practical up here. Still a win for the area though.

Aug 14, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Whole Foods Nashua??

Yes a coworker heard that they are working on improving access into and out of that plaza . Razing the PJ would be a good place to start. That said, the traffic backup to get into the jug handle to make the left turn off of Rt 101A headed east is going to get even worse.

Aug 14, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Supermarket Wars

The Trader Joes in Nashua ( which used to be in Tynsborough ) is always busy - but that's because they get a lot of MA residents who trek over the border. But I don't think Salem would get as many - the MA border area south of Salem is less affluent than the area south of Nashua. So I don't know that a TJ in Salem would do as well . And overall the Salem retail strip/mall area is not as nice as the Nashua equivalent.

Aug 12, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Supermarket Wars

Ah, makes sense . Much better than the old location , that plaza was a dump and way off the beaten path .

Aug 12, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Supermarket Wars

Both the other businesses ( a pizza parlor and a Blockbuster ) are now empty next to the Milford MB. I wonder if they'd just expand into that space. The pizza shop space was totally gutted last time I looked in the window. Probably a lot cheaper than moving across town. They get a lot of people who shop there from towns west of Milford, moving to the east side of town would not be good for those people.

Aug 12, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Whole Foods Nashua??

The Milford one is too far off the beaten path IMO. The locals wouldn't shop there, that's for sure . Bedford on the other hand is much better located, as well as offering better access off the highway .

An renovated Market Basket would be nice in the Milford S&S space to bring it in line with the other two along 101A. But I have a feeling the existing one, although smaller is pretty cheap to operate and thus highly profitable . I don't know if they would get enough traffic to support the much larger footprint one of the new deluxe MB requires.

Aug 07, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

Whole Foods Nashua??

Add to that Shaws announced they are closing a half dozen NH stores, although I don't think any of those locations would support a Whole Foods ( or better yet a Wegmans) .

http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-news/shaw...

The S&S in Milford is relatively new , but the few times I went in there was mostly deserted . The two recently renovated Market Baskets on 101A must have put the final nail in the coffin .

Aug 07, 2013
Msample in Northern New England

B.T. Smokehouse Southern Barbecue: The Real Deal in Sturbridge

If you were put off by the small dining area inside in the past, think again. I went for the first time since early Spring and was very impressed by the expansion they added in late March. Indoor seating has probably tripled in capacity, and they've added a center bar type table where you can stand and eat . They've also moved the soda fountain out from behind the counter so you don't have to wait for the often busy count staff for refills.

The food as usual was excellent.

Jul 20, 2013
Msample in Southern New England

June 2013 Openings and Closings

But how much of his "empire" is he directly tied to financially, versus just having his name on the door while investors put up the cash while he collects some sort of royalty ? Boston I could see, since most of it was before he spread out all over the place . But the outposts in other cities ? I wonder.

Jul 03, 2013
Msample in Greater Boston Area

June 2013 Openings and Closings

How the hell does he remain financially solvent at this point?

If he was so far past due on rent in the Olives space, one wonders why the landlord let him go that long in the first place. Maybe letting him renovate after the fire was a ploy to get someone else to pay for the refurb before he seized it.

Jul 03, 2013
Msample in Greater Boston Area

Anniversary Dinner, Portsmouth

I've been to Surf in Nashua and although it is a fine place, it is a step down from Island Creek . The latter has a more imaginative menu.

Jul 03, 2013
Msample in Northern New England