T-Bones will arrive in Concord along with city’s newest hotel

  • Workers from Opechee Construction Corporation put down steel at the new building site at the old Days Inn off of exit 12 of I-93 in the South End of Concord on Tuesday, June19, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Workers from Opechee Construction Corporation put down steel at the new building site at the former Days Inn off Interstate 93 by Exit 12 in the South End of Concord on Tuesday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Workers from Opechee Construction Corporation put down steel at the new building site at the old Days Inn off of exit 12 of I-93 in the South End of Concord on Tuesday, June19, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Construction at the new hotel at exit 12 of I-93 in Concord on May 31, 2019 GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Construction at the new hotel at exit 12 of I-93 in Concord on May 31, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Designs for a Tru Hotel by Hilton that will replace the former Days Inn motel on South Main Street in Concord are shown. Courtesy

  • A rendering of what the T-Bones restaurant will look like when completed. Courtesy of LTD Company

Published: 6/18/2019 6:20:22 PM

Concord’s newest hotel will have a familiar restaurant on premises when it opens next spring.

The Tru by Hilton hotel being built by Concord real estate mogul Steve Duprey will be accompanied by a T-Bones Great American Eatery.

Duprey said it wasn’t until shovels hit the grounds that he was able to garner interest in a restaurant partnership with his 85-room hotel, 85 rooms, which he’s marketing as an affordable hotel option geared toward a younger audience.

“They realized it’s the single most prominent, visible and accessible site on Interstate 93 coming from the Massachusetts border,” he said Tuesday.

Duprey said the restaurant will probably open in January, while the hotel is expected to open in April. He noted the hotel is four stories and about 50,000 square feet, much larger than T-Bones’s expected single-story height and 9,900-square-foot plan.

Having a restaurant on the premises has been the goal since Duprey purchased the 1960’s-era motel in 2015, he said. He originally considered developing a more “country inn” property, similar to Church Landing in Meredith.

But it wasn’t financially feasible, he said, or what was popular in the hotel market.

Those are some of the same reasons why Duprey didn’t pursue a motel-style revamp, saying it’s “difficult to market” a property that doesn’t have controlled access to rooms like a traditional hotel.

Key to the project was a five-year lease of property alongside I-93 where the Days Inn motel used to be, approved by the Executive Council early this year. The lease will cost the developer $7,500 a year for the first four years and $5,625 for the last year.

State law allows the Council to sell or lease out land leftover from infrastructure projects. First dibs are supposed to go to the local municipality, but if they don’t want it, real estate developers are welcome to bid for the land.

The land lease will allow Duprey to expand parking for the restaurant.

The Concord location will be the sixth T-Bones in the state and the largest square footage, according to the press release. It’s expected to seat 305 customers in total. Other locations are in Bedford, Salem, Hudson, Derry and Laconia.

The look and feel will be similar to the other T-Bones locations, but it will have an updated interior design and new finishes, according to the press release.

“We feel this is the perfect concept and location for the city of Concord, providing another high-quality dining experience to the region,” stated Great N.H. Restaurants CEO Tom Boucher via the press release.

The Hilton property will be the fifth hotel franchise operated by Duprey in Concord. The property will have a fitness room, free breakfast and Wi-Fi and a central gathering space for guests to enjoy.

Duprey said he’s using many of the same contractors he used on the Bank of New Hampshire Stage project, formerly the Concord Theatre. That project is expected to open this weekend during Market Days.


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