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Even though the Soup Gallery is closing its restaurant side of the business, head chef Ashley Belbin, right, and restaurant task master Mary Diburro know that the other side of business – catering and selling soups to other local restaurants – will continue.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Downtown: Soup Gallery closes its doors, but not its kitchen

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Soup Gallery has closed its eatery in downtown Concord, but its chef plans to continue catering and selling soups at other area restaurants. Owner Natalia Strong said the cafe has been successful – but when the time came to renew her lease, she opted for a quieter life than that of a restaurateur. Saturday was the Soup Gallery’s last …

Downtown: Focus of Concord’s Main Street project turns to signage

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The construction crews won’t arrive on Main Street until spring, but that doesn’t mean City Engineer Ed Roberge is bored. This winter, the Concord City Council and the public will weigh in on potential way-finding signage and lighting for the new downtown corridor. “This is kind of the fun piece, . . . the finishing touches of the downtown streetscape project,” Roberge said. …

Downtown: The perplexing case of ‘Sleepygate’ Mall

Monday, December 1, 2014

When Matt Townsend came up to New Hampshire from New York for a long weekend, he skipped the White Mountains, the State House and the Seacoast. Instead, he spent four days at Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road in Concord. “I got to know that mall pretty well,” Townsend said. Townsend is a reporter …

Official: Concord has a track record as a ‘developer of last resort’

Monday, April 21, 2014

If the city council decides to buy the New Hampshire Employment Security site on South Main Street, it won’t be the first time Concord writes a big check to protect future development. It’s just not usually the first …

Downtown: Concord officials hopeful for third attempt to bid Main Street project

Monday, April 7, 2014

Eight. That’s the number of general contractors who have expressed an interest in Concord's Main Street construction project so far, during the city’s third attempt to bid the job. “We are, I think, hopeful that it will be …

Downtown: Toys make way for tattoos in Concord

Monday, March 24, 2014

After almost 80 years as a toy shop, the storefront at the corner of North State and Warren streets will become a tattoo parlor. Doug Mendoza set up shop next to the former French’s Toy Shop on Warren Street seven years ago. Now, he’s renovating the neighboring store …

Without a developer, Concord might buy Employment Security site

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Come spring, the city could dig into its own pockets to buy the New Hampshire Employment Security site on South Main Street. More than a year has passed since the city began working with the state to find a developer to buy the property. But Matt Walsh, director …

Downtown: Foodie haven Wellington’s Marketplace is on the way to Concord

Monday, March 3, 2014

Randy and Debra Barnes have a greenhouse at their home in Bow. They own five grills. On one of their first dates, Randy Barnes taught his now-wife how to make sausage from scratch. “We’re foodies,” Debra Barnes said. “We love food. We spend our days going, ‘What are …

Downtown: Above the Main Street construction, a good night’s sleep

Monday, February 24, 2014

When the garbage truck rumbles past the Endicott Hotel at 4:30 a.m., Frank Albanese wakes up. When the snowplows come through downtown in the early hours of the morning, he hears them. “We do live in the city,” …

Downtown: A family tradition continues on Main Street

Monday, February 17, 2014

She worked in her grandmother’s restaurant in her native Albania, in the kitchen where she learned to cook, in what she said was the biggest hotel restaurant in the city. She worked in her brother’s restaurant on Pleasant …

Downtown: Council to make decisions about Main Street, snow-melt system

Sunday, February 9, 2014

When the city council takes up the Main Street project again tonight, one of the larger items it could nix from the plan is a downtown snow-melt system. City staff will present options for moving forward on the downtown redesign tonight, the first regular meeting of the council …

Downtown: Accessibility key to ‘complete’ Main Street

Monday, February 3, 2014

A pocket park and public art. Heated sidewalks and a center median. The flashy hallmarks of the Main Street redesign are now at stake, as city staff recuperates from a poor response to its second request for construction bids. What is also at stake is a core aspect …

Downtown: Black Ice hockey tournament a boon for businesses

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Black Ice Ale was on tap in downtown bars. Local hotels offered a special deal for tournament participants, and shuttles ran between White Park and Main Street. The Barley House ran a special burger: coleslaw and hot cajun mayo on a blackened beef patty. It was unmistakably Black …

Downtown: Today’s the day for Employment Security renovation decision

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Today, the linchpin in developer Steve Duprey’s plan for the state Employment Security headquarters could fall into place. Or today, that plan could fall apart entirely. If Duprey gets his way, the outdated building on South Main Street would be renovated as the headquarters for Company C, a …

Downtown: How’s business on Sundays?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Is downtown dead on Sundays? More than 30 shops and restaurants in downtown Concord have Sunday hours during the holiday season, according to a list compiled last week by the Merchants Roundtable, an informal group of downtown business owners. And Katy Brown Solsky, who writes a blog called …