Brick-oven pizza pub, taphouse to open at Bedford's former Tek-Nique locationBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
May 14. 2018 8:10PM
BEDFORD — A Bedford resident plans to open a new brick-oven pizza pub and taphouse in the space formerly occupied by Tek-Nique restaurant.
Louis Rylant, the currently owner of the Sea Basket seafood shack in Wiscasset, Maine, is launching a new restaurant venue in his own backyard with the anticipated opening of the 1750 Taphouse.
Renovations are currently underway at the former Tek-Nique space at 170 Route 101 to convert the restaurant into a family-friendly destination, according to a release.
“I wanted to create a place that local families and friends can go for a good meal and have a good time while also running into your friends after a long day or week,” Rylant said in a statement.
The 1750 Taphouse will provide a rustic atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating and more than 20 beers on tap, says the release. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
With work currently underway at the site, Rylant hopes to have the new brick-oven pizza pub opened by early June. Menu items will be under $20, and breakfast will be served during weekends.
Rylant said he and his staff plan on being active in the community by participating in local events and assisting with local charities.
Rylant, the former general manager of Jaffarian Toyota in Haverhill, Mass., is also pursuing the possible opening of a second restaurant in town.
“I am in negotiations for an additional location in Bedford,” Rylant said in a release, adding the details of that separate project, including the name, location and restaurant concept, will be announced in the near future.
Rylant, who is married and has twin daughters, graduated from the University of New Hampshire with degrees in business management and horticulture. He has owned the Sea Basket restaurant since 2016. That restaurant first opened in 1981 and features menu items such as lobster rolls and fried clams.
Tek-Nique abruptly closed early last month without any notice. Matthew Trottier, the chef and owner of Tek-Nique, did not return a phone call seeking comment about the closure.
Prior to being occupied by Tek-Nique, the space along Route 101 in the Village Shoppes of Bedford plaza was occupied by Karen’s Kitchen, which closed in 2010 after its owner was charged with filing a false police report alleging his restaurant was vandalized.