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.

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.

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.

A Positive Dining Experience

NH Magazine recently featured a profile of Priscilla Lane-Rondeau, owner of 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria. In the article, Priscilla discusses her commitment to creating high-quality food and a positive dining experience for her restaurant communities in Manchester, New Hampshire. Everyone here at 900 Degrees feels extremely fortunate to have Priscilla as a leader and role model, not only for her dedication to environmental and social responsibility but also for incredible culinary and hospitality successes.

Here is an excerpt from this article:
Owner of 900 Degrees Wood Fired Pizzeria, Priscilla Lane-Rondeau, works to not only create high quality food, but to create a positive dining experience for her restaurant community.  “A strong community makes this area a better place to live, and a better place to grow and share life’s most important aspects, which is why we try to do our part to give back,” says Rondeau. The “Raising Dough” program helps assist local organizations in raising funds by sponsoring events at 900 Degrees. Lane-Rondeau wants her restaurant to be known for not just its responsibility to the environment, but also its social responsibility.

To read the full article, pick up your copy of NH Magazine or click here to see view the profile online.

NH Chronicle’s Pizza Party

900 Degrees was featured on NH ChronicleNH Chronicle visited our Manchester location to tape a segment on the amazing pizza you can find in the Granite State. We were honored to be featured along with our peers and have the opportunity to showcase some of our most popular pizzas, including the Mac & Cheese Pizza, Granny Smith Pizza and Dessert Pizza. Our segment aired on January 17th, 2018. What a great way to start the new year!

Click here to watch the segment on the WMUR website.

American Pie: Best Pizza in the Country

900 Degrees is excited to share we were selected by the Tasting Table for their all-time favorite pizza joints! From deep dish to Neapolitan, Team Tasting Table selected the 26 best pizzas in the US, and our authentic wood-fired pizzas made their list!

Here is an excerpt:
If you’re passing through the Granite State and get a craving for pizza, look no further than this Neapolitan-style joint, which uses its brick oven for toppings like peppers, bacon and sausage, as well as the pizzas themselves. If you’re a traditionalist, opt for the classic Margherita, but don’t shy away from gourmet options like the Bella Cosa, topped with a roasted garlic cream sauce, mozzarella, Grana Padano, baby spinach, caramelized red onions, prosciutto and rosemary ham.

Click here to read the full article.

An invigorated economy

Priscilla Lane-Rondeau quoted in NHBR Article on NH economy

Priscilla Lane Rondeau, owner of the 900 Degrees restaurants in Manchester. PHOTOS BY KAREN BACHELDER

Priscilla Lane-Rondeau was quoted in a recent article about New Hampshire’s economy in New Hampshire Business Review. Below are a few excerpts:

New Hampshire’s economy was doing very nicely before this election came along, thank you very much, and it seems to be doing very well still, Trump bump or no. Despite the cries from both the left and the right of jobs, jobs, jobs, the state seems to be overflowing with them. It is workers that New Hampshire needs, not work.

With an unemployment rate that hasn’t been this low since the dawn of the millennium, and only exceeded in the late 1980s, the state’s on pretty solid economic ground. 

Click here to read the full article.

 

Phantom Gourmet Commercial

We love the Phantom Gourmet! Check out our latest commercial below and be sure to keep an eye out for it this fall. This short spot celebrates that 900 Degrees is NH’s most authentic Neapolitan restaurant experience. Delicioso!

900 Degrees Just Keeps Getting Hotter

We were recently featured in an article about 900 Degrees Just Keeps Getting Hotter. Check out some of what they have to offer for Manchester, NH Real Estate.

Phantom Gourmet


The Phantom Gourmet has featured 900 Degrees and wrote: “It’s just overall a great place because anybody can come here. Families come here, businesspeople come here. You know it’s a great date night place. You can dress up, you can dress down. It’s a great place to have a lot of fun. It’s a staple here in Manchester. 900 Degrees is the place to be!” Read the full story.

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