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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 …