Foodstuffs Small Plates: Dos Amigos Departs Manchester

May 26, 2015

Small Plates is a roundup of New Hampshire food news.

There are big changes ahead for Dos Amigos Burritos. The southern New Hampshire-based Mexican chain announced on its Facebook page earlier this month it was closing its Manchester location “to focus on our busiest locations and on our concept as a whole.” Then, word got out that the Rochester location would also close its doors June 7.

The moves leave New Hampshire with three – er, tres - Dos Amigos locations. But the company says there’s expansion in the works as well, including an expansion at the Dos in Dover, and a new space in Newburyport, Massachusetts, opening in June.

US Foods comes to New Hampshire

US Foods is calling Seabrook home in the northeast. Seacoast Online reports the president of the company’s Boston Division, John Glynn, says the $45 million distribution facility officially opened last week will serve as US Foods’ regional headquarters, and could lead to 100 more jobs over the next 6 to 12 months.

The Rosemont, Ill.-based company sells and distributes hundreds of thousands of food and food-related products to consumers, restaurants and other food service institutions.

Wildlife food plots

The Fish and Game Department is sponsoring a free talk on Wednesday, May 27, on planting wildlife-friendly food sources.

“Plantings such as blueberries, hazelnuts, clover and turnips around your property can help to increase the number of foraging animals,” the department says in its announcement. “Wildlife food plots also create a supplemental food source for wildlife.”

The speaker, Roscoe Blaisdell of Raymond, is president of the New Hampshire Antler and Skull Trophy Club. Fish and Game says he maintains more than thirty food plots.

“More room for the chefs downtown”

The former site of Swan Chocolates in Nashua will now serve as a bakery site for three area restaurants.

Michael Buckley of MT Dining Group says the building on Daniel Webster Highway known as the Abbott’s Building will consolidate baking for Surf and MT Local, both in Nashua, and Buckley’s Great Steaks of Merrimack.

Buckley told the Nashua Telegraph the space, which was sold on Friday, will solve space concerns in each restaurant’s kitchen. “This is the perfect time to get them out of those kitchens, get more room for the chefs downtown,” he said.

The owners of Swan Chocolates closed operations last fall after 11 years in business.