Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: 'A perfect fit' at Hanover Street eateries
The new owners of Manchester's Ignite and Hooked restaurants are, from left, Tumseen "Gucci" Qureshi, Ann Masterson and Melissa Crews. (COURTESY)
"Neville has created a wonderful place, why mess with something that works?" said Melissa Crews, who took over the restaurants with Tumseen "Gucci" Qureshi and Ann Masterson on April 1.
Ignite and Hooked, first opened by well-known Queen City restaurateur Neville Pereira in 2009 and 2011 respectively, are already popular restaurants, especially among Palace Theatre ticket holders. That is how Crews, a Bedford mother of two teen girls, first fell in love with the establishments. Her daughter, Tyler, has performed in several Palace Theatre productions, and the family found themselves eating at Ignite before or after shows and rehearsals, sometimes a couple of nights a week.
"All of our people are in Manchester. Hanover Street is particularly special because I spend so much time there. I shop at Statement, buy my exercise shoes at Runners Alley, see many shows at the Palace and I eat at Ignite and Hooked a lot," Crews said.
"It was a perfect fit for the three of us," Crews said. "We are all moms and we all have kids that need us. It is our hope that we can complement each other and that I will get up to speed quickly and be able to give them a day off here and there."
The Common Man's Airport Diner is stepping up to help a local family save their home from foreclosure. A spaghetti supper to support the Team Lindsey Donation Fund is scheduled for this Tuesday at the Brown Avenue restaurant.
The meals include spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, a salad and a non-alcoholic beverage. Tax and gratuity are not included in the dinner price. Tickets are not needed, but be sure to mention the Team Lindsey fundraiser when you arrive.
My friend Kerry Schleyer, who is a member of the Friends of Stark Park, recently sent a reminder to me and other Manchester moms that the annual Stark Park Easter Egg Hunt was coming on Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m. sharp.
Let's face it. Egg hunts are no longer the leisurely stroll through a field or manicured lawn, as depicted in the movies. It's actually more like the "Hunger Games," where kids fight to the near death to get the most and best eggs.
NH365.ORG Event of the Week
NH365.org is chock full of church services celebrating Holy Week, beginning on Tuesday with a Chrism Mass at Saint Joseph Cathedral celebrated by Bishop Peter A. Libasci and the priests in the Catholic Diocese of Manchester.
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