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Shorty's in Bedford closes doors; Manchester, Nashua locations remain open

New Hampshire Union Leader

January 02. 2018 2:22PM

The logo for Shorty's Mexican Restaurant, as seen on its Facebook page. (Facebook)

BEDFORD — A popular New Hampshire restaurant chain is down to two locations in the Granite State, following the sale and closure of the Shorty’s Restaurant in Bedford over the weekend.

Calls placed Monday to the popular eatery on Route 101 were met with a recorded message stating management had closed the Bedford Shorty’s effective Jan. 1. The restaurant’s Manchester and Nashua locations remain open for business, according to the recorded message.

Jon Carnevale, former general manager of the Bedford Village Inn on Olde Bedford Way, purchased all three Shorty’s New Hampshire locations from founder Rick Loeffler in February 2016.

“I had an offer to purchase the space that I could not refuse,” said Carnevale, when asked Monday about his decision to sell and close the Bedford location. “It really worked out great as it will allow us to focus on our tremendously successful Nashua and Manchester locations as well as look for new locations to expand the brand in the short term.”

Carnevale said he couldn’t comment on the new owners of the Bedford site, or the restaurant slated to open there.

“I can say that it will be well-received here in Bedford,” said Carnevale. “We look forward to welcoming our guests in Manchester and Nashua, and there are plenty of things for Shorty’s fans new and old to look forward to.”

The first Shorty’s opened in 1989 in Litchfield, in a converted house measuring about 2,400-square-feet. In May 1990, the second Shorty’s Mexican Roadhouse opened at the Bedford location, offering nearly 5,500-square-feet in restaurant space. At one point, Shorty’s had eight locations — seven in New Hampshire and one in Massachusetts.

Shorty’s remaining locations are at 1050 Bicentennial Drive in Manchester, and at the Nashua Mall on Gusabel Avenue in Nashua.

Carnevale, whose family owns the Bedford Village Inn, left his position there after 12 years when the opportunity to purchase Shorty’s presented itself.

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