NoteWorthy – 3/5/17
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Tuscan Kitchen Opens New Portsmouth Location
Tuscan Kitchen Portsmouth, the third location from Tuscan Brands’ founder Joe Faro, became the newest addition to the Portsmouth, N.H. culinary scene when it officially opened its doors to the public on March 1.
“We are so excited about our new location,” Faro said. “Portsmouth is a fantastic culinary destination and is the perfect place for us to introduce our unique style of authentic, artisan Italian cuisine. We are very proud to be joining this community and are looking forward to sharing our newest endeavor in such a vibrant and thriving area.”
Faro discovered the location by accident when he noticed the former Jerry Lewis Cinema on Lafayette Road and determined it was the perfect site for a new restaurant and market. The 294-seat restaurant officially opens for dinner tomorrow and will open for lunch and dinner next week.
The 16,000 square foot location includes a 75-seat patio that will open for lunch and dinner weather-permitting, as well as an adjacent Tuscan Market that will open in June offering meats, cheese, pasta, freshly baked breads, prepared meals, coffee, handmade desserts and more.
The spacious new restaurant held a private VIP opening gala Sunday that was attended by hundreds of friends, family, Portsmouth business owners, local officials and media and was hosted by NESN’s “Dining Playbook” hosts Jenny Johnson and Billy Costa. The menu will be the same as sister locations in Salem, N.H. and Burlington, Mass., while Chef Nimesh Maharjan – a protégé of celebrity Boston Chef Todd English – will locally source seafood, meats and produce and lend his own creative touch to several dishes and specials.
Faro, who has a long history of supporting local charities in communities where he owns businesses, has already partnered with a local homeless shelter and is planning more philanthropic endeavors in Portsmouth. In addition to Salem, Burlington, and Portsmouth, a fourth location is set to open in Boston’s Seaport Square development in the fall. Tuscan Brands is also developing Tuscan Village in Salem, N.H., which will include a new flagship Tuscan Kitchen & Market, as well as a hotel, conference center and new restaurant concepts from Faro and his team.
Enterprise Bank Purchases Building Housing Dracut Branch
Enterprise Bank recently announced its purchase of the multi-tenant commercial building which houses Enterprise Bank’s Dracut office, located at the Enterprise Bank Plaza, 1168 Lakeview Avenue.
The bank’s Regional Manager Meredith Boumil-Flynn said, “As we prepare to celebrate our 20th anniversary in Dracut, the purchase of the building demonstrates our long-term commitment to the Town of Dracut and our many loyal customers.”
As of June 2016, Enterprise Bank was ranked by the FDIC as the number one bank by deposit market share in Dracut. Earlier this year, the bank announced the posting of its 109th straight profitable quarter and net income for 2016 of $18.8 million.
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce Holds Ribbon Cutting for Brick & Ash
The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the opening of one of the newest businesses in Newburyport, Brick & Ash. Located on Center Street, this new restaurant intends to give diners enjoy a cozy, casual spot to drink up, dig in and hang out.
The menu’s theme is described as “comfort foods with a smoky BBQ influence.” Plates are served up in a dining room featuring roaring fireplaces, two full-sized pool tables, a dart board, two bustling bars and an all-weather patio with a 60-inch television for game days.
Middlesex Community College Opens Asian-American Student Center
Middlesex Community College celebrated the opening of its new Asian American Connections Center on the Lowell campus. MCC President James C. Mabry cut the ribbon to open the center, along with special guests State Senator Eileen Donahue, State Rep. Rady Mom, MCC board of trustees member Bopha Malone and Virak Uy, director of the college’s Asian American Student Advancement Program.
MCC’s Asian American Connections Center is made possible by a recent five-year, $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) program. Under the grant, Asian-American students attending Middlesex will receive a range of support services and co-curricular activities designed to improve their college-going experience, as well as their completion and transfer outcomes.
More than 11 percent of MCC credit students are Asian American, primarily Southeast Asian. Among that cohort, 70 percent apply for financial aid, and the majority are also from families in which they are the first to attend college.
Local Chambers of Commerce Celebrate Opening of New Salisbury Businesses
The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, Amesbury Chamber of Commerce and Salisbury Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the opening of two of the newest businesses in Salisbury, VASA Waterfront Kitchen & Bar and The Inn at Rings Island.
Located on Bridge Road in Salisbury, VASA Waterfront Kitchen and Bar features fresh, local cuisine, a raw bar and a rum bar. VASA is open for lunch and dinner daily. Also located on Bridge Road, The Inn at Rings Island features newly renovated guest rooms and suites appointed with modern amenities in an atmosphere that intends to reflect the natural charm of the New England seacoast.
Modern Woodmen of America Named Haverhill Chamber’s Business of the Month
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce has recognized Modern Woodman of America’s Merrimack Valley District with the honor of Business of the Month for February 2017 for their outstanding community service to the Greater Haverhill area.
As a fraternal benefit society, people helping other people achieve a good quality of life is what Modern Woodmen of America is all about. Modern Woodmen Merrimack Valley District serves members, their families, and residents in and around the Greater Haverhill area.
A unique combination of business and voluntarism, the organization offers life insurance, annuity and investment products, along with fraternal member benefits for families and their communities.
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