If you let them, will they reopen?

Below is an excerpt from an article originally appearing on NH Business Review on 5/18/20 by Bob Sanders

‘I think they will come,’ said Priscilla Lane-Rondeau, owner of the 900 Degrees restaurant in Manchester. ‘There are people with high risk who will have to take care of themselves, but for many people, they are ready. They are ready.’ (Photo by Karen Bachelder)

Restaurants’ concerns

If the pandemic has hit retail hard, it has hit the hospitality industry harder.

Restaurants have been able to offer takeout and delivery and curbside pickup, but the industry has still lost 40,000 jobs since the middle of March. It also lost $830 million in sales, said Mike Somers, CEO of the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association.

Restaurants were allowed to open for outdoor dining on May 18, but Somers estimated that only 40 of eateries would be able to take advantage of it.

“A lot of them don’t have access to outside seating, and for others it doesn’t make economic sense” said Somers.

But many will give it a try. 900 Degrees in Manchester planned to use its existing covered deck as well as set up 10 more tables in the parking lot.

“This is all new to us,” said Priscilla Lane-Rondeau, adding that sales fell 80% when the restaurant was limited to takeout and curbside pickup. Still, with the help of a PPP loan, she was able to keep on 14 staff members. Now she’ll be able to call in another 10, she said.

“I think they will come,” she said of customers. “There are people with high risk who will have to take care of themselves, but for many people, they are ready. They are ready.”

Great NH Restaurants plans to double outdoor seating at its 10 T-Bones, CJ’s, Cactus Jack’s and The Copper Door restaurants. Theoretically, that would mean almost 75% of the capacity of the chain’s indoor dining seating, but in reality, “There is no playbook,” said owner Tom Boucher. “We are making up the rules as we go. Tents in the parking lot? There is nothing we can compare this to.”

The tables – spaced seven feet apart and 14 feet on the aisles – will seat six, but many won’t be full. And, tents or no, Boucher said he is not going to require his wait staff to work in the pouring rain. Thus the decision to call staff will change day to day depending on “sophisticated weather apps,” he said.

The good news is that almost all of his workers are willing to come back, despite the option of generous unemployment benefits.

“They are missing the work. Hopefully, the guests will be able to see the smile behind those masks in their eyes,” he said.

His restaurants have been losing about $100,000 a week with takeout and delivery only, he said. With outdoor-only dining, he added, “we are still going to lose money, but I have no idea how much. That is the scariest part of this.”

Indeed, even as opening day approached, many restaurants in New Hampshire were still obtaining permits from municipalities to expand their outdoor seating. Some. like Concord, were considering closing Main Street, but hadn’t decided by opening day. Manchester allowed restaurants to set up tables in front of neighboring stores, with permission of the neighbors.

“We haven’t gotten approval for anyone yet,” said Richard French, CEO of the Works Café, which has locations in Concord, Keene and Durham, at a Business and Industry Association webinar presented on the Friday before the reopening.

Meanwhile, Somers is already asking the Governor’s Economic Reopening Task Force to allow indoor seating for on June 1.

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria Announces Reopening Outdoor Dining Service

Manchester NH – 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria announced today the reopening of its refurbished deck for outdoor dining service beginning on Monday, May 18th. This announcement comes in response to the State of New Hampshire’s Stay-at-Home 2.0 COVID-19 reopening guidance. The restaurant is located at 50 Dow Street in Manchester, New Hampshire.

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria will offer deck seating from 11:30am until 9:00pm daily. The restaurant asks patrons to make dining reservations in advance by calling (603) 641-0900. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis to anyone who has not made a reservation. Walk-in guests should send only one person from their party into the lobby to request table availability. The restaurant also requests guests to follow guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of New Hampshire to remain at least 6 feet apart and to wear a face mask when leaving their assigned table. All 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria servers will also be required to wear a mask while at the restaurant.

“I am thrilled to reopen our deck for al fresco dining,” said Priscilla Lane Rondeau, owner of 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria. “Our deck has always been a popular spot when the warm weather arrives in New Hampshire. I look forward to providing a safe and familiar place for our guests to resume a sense of normalcy and enjoy the wood-fired pizzas, authentic pastas, fresh salads and other customer favorites.”

900 Degrees continues offering takeout service which can be ordered by calling (603) 641-0900, ordering online through their website www.900degrees.com, or through GrubHub.

Only in New Hampshire Names 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria as the Best Pizzeria in the State

We were excited to read Only in New Hampshire‘s feature article on 900 Degrees! The popular local website recently recapped our many accolades, including our award for Best Gourmet Pizzeria on New Hampshire Magazine‘s list of best pizza in the state. Only in New Hampshire also provided an overview of some of our most popular menu items, including our signature Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas, famous wings and unique, indulgent desserts. Click here to read the full article.

900 Degrees Sponsors NHBSR’s Summer Block Party

As a locally-owned New Hampshire business dedicated to green practices, we were excited for the opportunity to sponsor the NH Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) Summer Block Party. This outdoor event was held at Wire Belt Company of America in Londonderry and included an evening of games, conversation and refreshments. We did our part by providing delicious items from our 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria menu!

Toyota Names 900 Degrees as Top 3 Pizza in Manchester

900 Degrees Named as Top 3 Pizza in Manchester NHWe were excited to learn that Toyota of Manchester named 900 Degrees to one of the top 3 pizza locations in Manchester! below is an excerpt or you can click here to read the entire article.

The Best Pizza Shops near Me in Manchester NH

Pizza is always a great choice, whether you’re ready to sit down for a feast, or you need to grab a bite on the go. Luckily, Manchester is home to some pretty great pizza places, but how can you tell which ones are the best? We did a bit of research and came up with an easy list for you to follow the next time you’ve got a hankering for a slice.

900 Degrees Pizzeria

50 Dow Street, Manchester, NH

There are several ways to make a memorable pizza, and 900 Degrees Pizzeria knows that wood-fired pizza leaves a lasting impression with its fiery cooked-to-perfection pies. The wood provides a unique flavor and texture unlike any other pizza you’ve had.

On top of several classic appetizers, sandwiches, and pastas, they’ve got an eclectic pizza menu that’ll certainly impress even the staunchest pizza snob. There’s the Cinque Formaggi (Five Cheese), BBQ Chicken, and Granny Smith. The last one includes fresh mozzarella, Applewood bacon, marinated roasted chicken, Granny Smith apples, and caramelized onions, all topped with a maple drizzle.

900 Degrees January Pizza, Pasta and Cocktail Specials

At 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, we are starting 2019 off right with some delicious pizza, pasta and cocktail specials all month long. Also, be sure to check out our awesome January promotion for the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NHSPCA) for more specials for our Manchester New Hampshire location!

MANCHESTER

Ol’ Bayjun Wings

Our homemade marinated chicken wings with a flavorful dry rub consisting of Old Bay and our special Cajun blend. Cooked to perfection in our wood-fired oven and served with parmesan peppercorn.

Extra Cheesy Garlic Bread

We start with a fresh house-made dough and an EVOO, garlic and oregano base. Layered with grana padano, provolone, fontina, white cheddar and fresh mozzarella. Wood-fired to a golden brown and served with marinara.

Spinach and Bacon Salad

Crispy applewood bacon, raw Bermuda onions, blue cheese crumbles and diced Roma tomatoes on a fresh bed of baby spinach.

Buffalo Artichoke Pizza

Looking for a vegetarian pizza that delivers on flavor? Look no further! We start with a garlic cream base, then add artichokes marinated in our house buffalo sauce, raw Bermuda onions, diced Roma tomatoes and just a pinch of blue cheese crumbles. Topped with fresh mozzarella and a gorgeous blanket of provolone cheese.

Crab Cakes

Super lump crab meat seared in our wood-fired oven, served with red pepper aioli, cocktail sauce, mixed greens, capers and fresh lemons.

Do It For The Dogs with Tito’s and NHSPCA

900 Degrees is excited to offer fundraising drink specials during the month of January to benefit the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NHSPCA). This is a very special effort put forth by Timothy Burke, Division Manager at Tito’s Handmade Vodka, in response to the recent German Shepard rescue in our area.

Tito’s will donate $1.00 to NHSPCA for every featured drink purchased at our Manchester location during the month of January. Featured drinks include The Salty Dog or The Pom-eranian specialty cocktails – check out the recipes below!

Cheers to great drinks supporting a great cause!

The Salty Dog
Tito’s Handmade Vodka, grapefruit juice & a salty rim!

The Pom-eranian
Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Cointreau, pomegranate juice, fresh lemon & a splash of soda.

December 2018 Specials

Be sure to make time to check out these holiday-inspired specials at our Manchester, NH location.

Manchester, NH

Blueberry Bourbon BBQ Wings
Our Homemade marinated chicken wings cooked to perfection in our wood fired oven, tossed in Blueberry Bourbon BBQ sauce, served with parmesan peppercorn.

Spinach, Feta and Tomato Garlic Bread
We start with a fresh house-made dough and an EVOO, garlic and oregano base. Throw a layer of baby spinach and grana padano on top of that and then reach the peak of flavor with tomato, feta and fresh mozzarella. Wood fired to a golden brown and served with marinara.

Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Mac & Cheese
Heat things up with this delicious spin on a 900 classic! We start with our homemade mac-and-cheese add some chicken tossed in our buffalo sauce and finish it off with cheddar, provolone, bacon and breadcrumbs.

Honey Sriracha Pizza
If you liked the wings, you’ll love the pizza! House-made honey sriracha sauce, raw jalapenos, freshly-cut pineapple, crisp applewood-smoked bacon and marinated chicken breast. Topped with fresh mozzarella and a gorgeous blanket of provolone cheese.

Crab Cakes
Super lump crab meat seared in our wood-fired oven, served with red pepper aioli, cocktail sauce, mixed greens, capers and fresh lemons.

900 Degrees Mexican Chocolate Martini
Holiday Cocktails

 

Mexican Chocolate Martini
Tito’s Vodka, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Ancho Reyes, Shaved Chocolate

 

Candy Apple Martini
Absolute Vanilla, Apple Liqueur, Butterscotch, Caramel Swirl

 

900 Degrees Winter Spice MuleWinter Spice Mule
House Infused Rum, Ginger Beer, Blood Orange Simple

 

Chiodo di Nonno (Our riff on a rusty nail)
Scotch, Drambuie, Tuaca, Lemon Twist, Rocks

 

 

900 Degrees Rosemary Gin and TonicRosemary Gin & Tonic
House Infused Rosemary Gin, Muddled Cranberry and Tonic

Football Game Day Deals

900 Degrees Football Game Day DealsAs football season is heating up, 900 Degrees will bring the game day eats every Sunday! What goes better with football than pizza, wings and appetizers?

DINE-IN BAR DEALS

900 Degrees will honor Happy Hour prices for all dine-in bar guests any time a football game is on! This includes:

  • 2.95 Select Drafts
  • 3.95 House Wine by the Glass
  • Half Off Tomato Bruschetta & Hummus Plate
  • 5.95 Signature Personal Pizzas

All specials are for dine-in bar guests only. Offer is not available for take out. No Substitutions.

TAKEOUT AND DINING ROOM DEAL

Our Manchester location is offering a Game Day Deal of one signature Americana pizza and an order of wings for just $22.

Call it in to take it out or come on in to enjoy your pizza and wings in the restaurant to cheer on your favorite football franchise with the crowd.

Your choice for which deal works best for your football Sunday!

Holiday Gift Card Specials

900 Degrees Holiday Gift Card SpecialBack by popular demand, 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria is excited to offer our annual holiday gift card specials through New Years Eve!

  • Buy a $50.00 gift card, receive a free $10.00 coupon
  • Buy a $100.00 gift card, receive $20.00 in coupons

Everyone loves the delicious gift of pizza, pasta, salads, and more! This gift card deal is available through December 31, 2018. Stock up today for stocking stuffers and gifts for all the VIPs on your list: friends, family, colleagues, boss, administrative assistant, neighbors, teachers, service providers, and so many more. Everyone loves 900 Degrees!

Click here to purchase safely and conveniently online right now or visit us in Manchester, New Hampshire.

ADDED HOLIDAY BONUS!

Visit 900 Degrees on Small Business Saturday and spend $50.00 on shopping refreshments and receive a $10.00 coupon for your next visit!

Coupon redeemable during future visit for $10.00 off a minimum purchase of $20.00 or more at any 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria location. This coupon is not redeemable for cash, and lost or stolen coupons cannot be replaced. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.

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